News: New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, USNY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 21, 2009

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REGENTS APPOINT CAROLE HUXLEY
AS INTERIM EDUCATION COMMISSIONER

The New York State Board of Regents announced today that Carole F. Huxley has been appointed as Interim New York State Education Commissioner, effective July 1, 2009. Carole Huxley had previously served the Education Department as Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education for 24 years, retiring in November of 2006. Carole Huxley will begin service on May 15, working alongside current Commissioner Mills until he steps down at the end of June.   She will assume the office and duties of Education Commissioner and President of The University of New York on July 1, 2009.

"We are grateful that after such a long and distinguished career Carole Huxley was willing to temporarily place her retirement on hold to continue the critical work the Regents have put in motion," said Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents.  "Having Carole in place will ensure a seamless transition in leadership as the Board continues a wide and exhaustive search for the next Education Commissioner.  Carole will be the bridge that connects the leadership of Rick Mills with the next Commissioner."

"Now is a time of great challenges that we cannot set aside, but must confront.  This is also a moment that presents great opportunities that we cannot set aside, even for a few months," said Interim Commissioner Huxley.  "I am eager to continue the work underway and to guide the progress ahead until new leadership is ready to take on the task."

"Carole is an inspired choice to connect the current work of the Department with the Department of the future, said Education Commissioner Richard P. Mills.  "I am certain that under her watch the Department will continue to move forward while preparing for the next Commissioner."

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