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Commissioner of Education Search Updates 2023


In December 2022, Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes announced she will step down from the position in July 2023. One of the primary duties of the State Board of Education is to appoint the education commissioner. Over the coming months, the board will engage with stakeholders to develop a thorough understanding of the qualities necessary for the next commissioner. Updates on the process will be posted on this page.


  • At its January board meeting, the State Board of Education discussed the process for searching for Colorado's next education commissioner. The board instructed staff at the Department of Education to prepare a request for proposals for an executive search firm to support the search process.
  • On Jan. 20 the RFP for an executive search firm was posted on ColoradoVSS, which is the state's system for posting and accessing solicitations.
    • View the RFP by clicking on the "Click here for VSS system" icon, and on "Public Access."
    • Search for the RFP number 2023000209 or Commissioner Search Firm Solicitation.
  • On Feb. 8 the State Board of Education discussed and approved the Education Commissioner Job Description
  • During its March 9 meeting, the board selected McPherson & Jacobson, LLC, to support the process of selecting the next commissioner.
Date Action

Jan. 20

RFP for search firm posted

Feb. 15

Search Firm Proposals due


Commissioner job description posted for informational purposes only


Board interviews search firms in executive session; selects search firm in an open meeting


Job description posted with the application process

March / April / May / June

Search firm supports the board with stakeholder engagement, interviews and selection process


Board review applications and interviews candidates in executive session


Finalist announced


Commissioner transition

Education Commissioner Job Description

The State Board of Education approved the job description for the Education Commissioner search on Feb. 8. Read the full job description here. The application process and timeline will be determined by the search firm.  

Learn More

Questions? For more information about the commissioner search, contact Angela Maramba, director of state board relations, at