News Release: Interim commissioner agrees to stay through May 2017
DENVER -- State Board of Education Chairman Steve Durham and Vice Chairwoman Angelika Schroeder today announced that Dr. Katy Anthes has agreed to continue serving as interim commissioner until May 2017.
The board initially named Anthes as interim commissioner in May 2016, following the resignation of then Commissioner Richard Crandall. The board’s decision to select Anthes in May did not include an end date for her term as interim commissioner. At the time, however, Anthes said she would serve through August 2016.
“With so many important tasks ahead of the department and the board over the next nine months, we’re pleased that Dr. Anthes is willing to continue serving as interim commissioner until next May,” Durham said.
Schroeder thanked Anthes for stepping into the leadership role and credited her for keeping the department moving forward on a number of critical tasks.
“Dr. Anthes has both the expertise and the commitment to collaboration that I believe are necessary to our work over the next several months, and we are pleased that she is willing to continue serving in this capacity until May 2017,” Schroeder said.
According to Durham and Schroeder, the state board is not likely to begin considering the process for selecting the next permanent commissioner until January 2017.
Anthes is Colorado's first female commissioner in 65 years, preceded only by the state's inaugural commissioner Nettie S. Freed in 1950-51. Dr. Anthes has been with CDE since 2011, serving as Chief of Staff, interim Commissioner for Achievement and Strategy and Executive Director of Educator Effectiveness.