KANSAS COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION NAMED
TOPEKA, May 9, 2006 / The Kansas State Board of Education today announced the appointment of Dr. Alexa Posny as the Kansas Commissioner of Education. Dr. Posny will assume her new duties on July 1, 2007.
“We were impressed by the qualifications of all the applicants from our national search. After thoughtful and thorough deliberations, my colleagues and I have selected the candidate we feel has the knowledge, experience, and ability to best lead the Kansas public school system,” said Bill Wagnon, state board chairman.
Posny is currently serving as the director of the Office of Special Education for the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. Beginning in 1999, she served as director of special education for the Kansas Department of Education. From 2001 – 2006, she led the division of learning services, as the deputy commissioner of education (formerly assistant.) As such, she was responsible for the overall operation of the division of learning services and provided leadership and supervision in the delivery of services for school districts, other local education agencies and teacher preparation institutions regarding school improvement and accreditation, licensure and teacher education, and planning and research. She collaborated with the State Board of Education, served as liaison to other education and human services agencies and organizations and provided guidance to the U.S. Department of Education.
Dr. Posny earned her Doctorate of Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison as well as a Master of Science degree in Behavioral Disabilities. She received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.
“I am pleased to be back in Kansas and I look forward to working with Board members, administrators, teachers, and others involved in the education of our children. All students in Kansas deserve an education that allows them to be competitive in the 21st century,” stated Dr. Posny.
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