Sandoval appoints first Superintendent of Public Instruction in Nevada

Gov. Brian Sandoval
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Updated: 3/12/2012 12:13 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & - Governor Brian Sandoval today announced he has appointed, for the first time in Nevada history, a state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Based in Las Vegas, James W. Guthrie will become Nevada’s Superintendent of Public Instruction effective April 2.

The selection of Guthrie as Superintendent follows unanimous support for Guthrie from the State Board of Education.

“I would like to thank the State Board of Education for their diligence in conducting interviews for this position,” Governor Sandoval said. “Today marks the first time in Nevada’s history a Governor exercised the appointment authority in selecting the state Superintendent of Public Instruction. After the passage of education reform in the last legislative session, for Nevada to have access to a figure with a national reputation is the perfect next step. I am honored and thrilled Dr. Guthrie has agreed to help lead Nevada as we continue strengthening education in our great state.”

Guthrie, currently the Senior Fellow and Director of Education Policy Studies at the George W. Bush Institute, has also been a Professor of Education Policy and Leadership at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University. Guthrie has a B.A. from Stanford University in Physical Anthropology, a M.A. from Stanford in Educational Administration and earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Stanford.

Guthrie has completed two Postdoctoral Fellowships, one at Harvard University in Economics and Education and one at Oxford Brooks College in Oxford, UK.  

A published author, Guthrie has served at least 25 state governments and worked with International Organizations such as The World Bank and the Organization of American States (OAS).

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