News Release: Governor Appoints Innovator to Run Wyoming Department of Education

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June 26, 2013


Renny MacKay
Communications Director

Governor Appoints Innovator to Run Wyoming Department of Education

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Governor Matt Mead has appointed Richard Crandall to lead the Wyoming Department of Education. Crandall is a CEO of a company that provides nutritional services to schools and is a State Senator in Arizona. He previously chaired both Arizona’s Senate and House Education Committees and was the school board president for Arizona’s largest school district in Mesa.

“Richard impressed me with his strong background in education policy and innovation. His work with the Digital Learning Commission, a national panel established by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, has given him special insight into classroom instruction and uses of technology,” Governor Mead said. “Richard’s philosophy of supporting our students and schools with a bottom up approach matches well with our culture. He will bring fresh ideas to Wyoming to compliment the great things that are happening in our local schools and to offer solutions where we need improvement.”

“I am looking forward to getting to know the people of Wyoming. I plan to listen and learn from citizens about what is important to them in regards to education. This will offer me the opportunity to learn about the possibilities and challenges here. I appreciate the care Governor Mead took in making this decision and I appreciate the opportunity he has given me,” Crandall said. Crandall has an MBA from Notre Dame.

Crandall will replace Jim Rose who has served as interim Director and Director of the Wyoming Community College Commission. “I thank Jim for stepping forward and taking on this extra workload. He has done an extraordinary job bringing needed stability to the Department of Education and has provided leadership to support students, teachers, parents and school boards across Wyoming,” Governor Mead said. “I commend the Board of Education for their search. The Board sent me three strong candidates.”


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