Katie Jenner was named Indiana’s first secretary of education Thursday.
Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the appointment Thursday. Jenner has been serving as Holcomb’s senior education adviser for the last year.
It’s the first time the state’s top education official has been appointed, rather than elected, and the position will be a key one in the coming year as the state’s public schools continue to navigate through the coronavirus pandemic.
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Here’s what we know about Jenner so far:
She takes office next year.
Her term officially begins Jan. 11, 2021.
Jenner will lead the education department.
Quite simply, the secretary of education is the state’s chief executive