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News Release - State Board Appoints Katy Anthes as commissioner

Dec. 14, 2016

State Board Appoints Katy Anthes as commissioner

Anthes received high praise for her work as interim commissioner

Dr. Katy Anthes, who has been applauded as a bridge builder and problem solver while serving as interim commissioner, was appointed commissioner today by the State Board of Education.

Anthes previously served in other prominent administrative roles for the Department of Education, including chief of staff and executive director of educator effectiveness.  Superintendents and other advocates for public education have given Anthes high marks for her commitment to supporting districts on the implementation of education laws and her efforts to listen and work collaboratively to solve problems.

“Dr. Anthes has, in one sense, been through a seven-month job interview since being appointed as interim commissioner in May, and it’s no surprise to me that she has proven to be especially talented in areas that are very much needed in this role,” said state board Chairman Steve Durham.  “My fellow board members as well as district leaders, educators, legislators and others across the state have all been impressed with her ability to build bridges and find productive middle ground in solving tough problems.”

As executive director of educator effectiveness, she led CDE’s efforts to prepare, support and retain highly effective educators and she supported districts and educators in the implementation of the state’s landmark educator evaluation law.   Prior to that, she served as a consultant to districts and other organizations on the implementation of large-scale initiatives, worked as a policy analyst and program director at the Education Commission of the States, and taught masters-level courses at CU Denver.

“Katy always begins by listening to all sides of an issue,” said board vice Chairwoman Angelika Schroeder. “While she is resolute about her commitment to students’ best interests, she couldn’t be more flexible and open to the ideas of others.  She listens with great empathy before finding a path forward that nearly everyone can get behind.”

Anthes became interim commissioner in May following the resignation of Commissioner Richard Crandall who served in the role for four months. 

“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,” Anthes said.  “I think it is critically important that we listen to each other, respect diverse perspectives and look for solutions that will work.”

A native of Boulder, Anthes holds a Ph.D. in public policy and a master’s degree in public affairs, both from the University of Colorado Denver.  She received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Oregon.   As commissioner, Anthes will earn an annual salary of $255,000.

A resident of Denver, Anthes, age 42, is an avid runner and soccer enthusiast. Read Anthes' biography here.