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Kentucky Board of Education Close to Naming New Commissioner

Kentucky Department of Education

After a four-month search, the Kentucky Board of Education has named its five top candidates to succeed former commissioner Terry Holliday, who retires next week.

Those candidates include:

  • Kathleen Airhart, Tennessee Department of Education deputy commissioner and COO
  • Buddy Berry, Superintendent of the Eminence, Kentucky school system
  • Christopher Koch, President of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Lloyd Martin, CEO of the Florida-based education consultancy firm Universal School Solutions, LLC
  • Stephen Pruitt, senior vice president of educational reform nonprofit Achieve Inc.

The Board of Education meets Friday and Saturday in Lexington to conduct another round of interviews. Until a successor can be named, Associate Commissioner and General Council Kevin Brown will serve in Holliday’s stead.

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