Commissioner John King to take position with Obama administration

Dr. John B. King, Jr./

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York State Education Commissioner John King will be stepping down in order to take a position with the Obama administration.

King will serve as Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He will step down as education commissioner effective at the end of the year.

“John King has been a remarkable leader in a time of true reform,” Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said. “The positive impact of John King’s work in New York will be felt for generations. We’ll miss his wisdom, his calm leadership and his remarkable courage. But New York’s loss is the country’s gain. He’ll be a powerful force for educational opportunity in Washington.”

Tisch said a Board search committee will launch next week to identify King’s successor.

“I’m humbled and honored to have the chance to work with President Obama and Secretary Duncan,” King said in a statement. “Their extraordinary leadership is helping students all across the nation get better prepared for college and careers. I’m excited to become part of that team.”

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