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New State Superintendent Appointed

May 10, 2019

Dr. Michael Rice was selected this week by the State Board of Education to serve as the new State Superintendent. The board has undergone a lengthy process of interviews to find a new superintendent following the death of former State Superintendent Brian Whiston in May 2018. Following the final round of interviews on May 7, the board voted 5-3 to appoint Dr. Rice.

Dr. Rice currently works as the Superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools. It is anticipated that he will begin his new role this summer.

Under the Michigan Constitution, the State Board of Education is responsible for the appointment of a State Superintendent. The State Superintendent is the principal executive officer of the Michigan Department of Education and is chairperson of the State Board without the right to vote. He or she is responsible for the day-to-day management, supervision, and leadership of the department.

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