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News Release - Two Commissioner Finalists Named

April 21, 2011

News Release

Two Commissioner Finalists Named—Aurora Public Schools Superintendent John Barry, Commissioner Robert Hammond

The Colorado State Board of Education today named two finalists in its search for a new commissioner of education.

The two finalists (listed alphabetically) are:

  • John Barry, who has served as Aurora Public Schools superintendent since June 2006. Barry is a retired major general with the U.S. Air force. His last position with the military was as executive director and board member of the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation. Barry served as the military assistant to the secretary of defense during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
  • Robert Hammond, who was appointed commissioner in December 2010 following the resignation of Dwight D. Jones. Hammond has 23 years of K-12 educational leadership experience in such roles as deputy commissioner at CDE and chief operations officer in Boulder Valley School District. Hammond also has five years of experience in business and finance and over seven years experience in city management.

State Board Chairman Bob Schaffer said the board is planning an additional interview with each of the candidates and that the board remains on track to make a selection in May. The official start date is set for July 1.

By state law (24-6-402 (3.5) CRS), the board must wait at least 14 days after naming finalists before appointing one of the finalists to fill the position.

“There is a strong pool of talent represented by the applicants who have pursued the position of Commissioner of Education,” said Schaffer. “Colorado is fortunate to have finalists whose management expertise and dedication to education reform is well-known.”

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