FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An Illinois school superintendent was
chosen Wednesday as Kentucky's new education commissioner.
The Kentucky Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the
hiring of Barbara Erwin, a superintendent in St. Charles, Ill.
Erwin would likely begin her duties on July 1. Base salary for
the position has been set at $220,000.
Before taking the Illinois job, Erwin served four years,
beginning in 2000, as superintendent in Scottsdale, Ariz. Before
that, she served as superintendent in Allen, Texas, and Tipton,
Erwin, who has also been a teacher and elementary school
principal, has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University, a
master's degree from Purdue University, and a doctorate in school
administration from Indiana University.
The previous education commissioner, Gene Wilhoit, resigned in
November to become executive director of the Council of Chief State
School Officers in Washington.
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