Thursday, December 18, 2014

State education leader leaves post for Middle East gig

By The Herald Staff | 4/11/2014

The Kansas State Board of Education will need to find a new commissioner.

Diane DeBacker, current commissioner, resigned Wednesday, according to the Topeka Capital Journal.

DeBacker’s resignation is effective May 14. She is to be succeeded by Brad Neuenswander, deputy education commissioner, on an interim basis. DeBacker is relocating to the United Arab Emirates to serve as advisor to the director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council, the state education department said. The Kansas Board of Education appointed DeBacker to her position in 2010.

DeBacker will advise the Abu Dhabi director general on the Abu Dhabi education system and was chosen through an international candidate search, according to the state education department.

“It is an education system that is in the middle of reform,” she told the Topeka Capital Journal. “What a wonderful opportunity to be able to take what we’ve done in Kansas.”

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