The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Ni­cholas Gar­cia

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.

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