ANTHES TO LEAD EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
Katy Anthes, who won the respect of educators, advocates and lawmakers during the past seven months as Colorado’s interim education commissioner, was appointed Wednesday to the position on a permanent basis by the state Board of Education.
Anthes, 42, was named interim commissioner in May after then-Commissioner Rich Crandall abruptly resigned after only four months on the job.
Anthes, who previously served as the education department’s chief of staff, has a reputation for being a consensus-builder in a field known for sharp differences on policy.
“I’m honored and humbled by the trust placed in me today, and I will aim to serve as a model for the type of leadership we need across our state and country,” she said in a statement.
Anthes holds a Ph.D. in public policy and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Colorado Denver.
Her salary as commissioner will be $255,000.