- Associated Press - Thursday, February 27, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has nominated a former state education commissioner to return to his former post.

Christie on Thursday announced he has selected David Hespe to run the state’s Education Department.

Hespe held the same job under Gov. Christie Whitman from 1999 to 2001 and later returned to the department under Christie as chief of staff.

Hespe is currently the president of Burlington County College.

The job opened when Christopher Cerf announced he was leaving the Education Department effective Friday to work for an educational technology company.

If he is confirmed by the state Senate, Hespe will run a department that is instituting more rigorous teacher evaluations and changing its standardized tests for students.