New Education Commissioner Selected

The state board of education finally has a new commissioner.

The board unanimously selected state representative Jon Draud to take the state's highest education post.

Draud is a retired school superintendent of the Ludlow school district in northern Kentucky. He beat out three other finalists for the job.

The Kentucky education commissioner post has been vacant for almost a year. The previous commissioner, Gene Wilhoit, resigned to take a job with a Washington, D.C.-based education advocacy group.

In May, the state school board hired Illinois educator Barbara Erwin, but she resigned from the $220,000 post shortly after amid controversy over errors on her resume and criticism of her leadership in past jobs. The hiring process has drawn scrutiny since Erwin's hiring and resignation.

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