Who wants to be commissioner?
Six people have filed applications to lead the state's education system. And they're not names you would automatically come up with, like K-12 chancellor Cheri Yecke or House Schools and Learning Council chairman Joe Pickens. Instead, they're a group of folks that, with perhaps one exception, you might never come up with for the post.
One hopeful that might get some attention is William Moloney, who recently resigned as Colorado's education commissioner after a decade on the job. Moloney, who has degrees from Harvard, has served three terms on the National Assessment Governing Board, and also was on the boards of the National Council on Teacher Quality and the Foundation for Teaching Economics.
Others on the list include Joseph A. Malloy, a Tampa assistant principal who once was general manager of the New York Yankees and Stephen Stohla, superintendent of schools in Alliance, Ohio - both of whom applied and failed to make finalist for Hernando County superintendent. Retired Pinellas County teacher Emanuel Klimis; Simon Priest, provost of Colorado Technical University Online; and J.T. Kador, director of the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center at the University of Northern Colorado round out the list. To keep tabs on the search, visit the Proact Search site or the State Board of Education site.