- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The State Board of Education has hired a new executive director despite protests from Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports (https://bit.ly/1l7IEjB ) that the board voted 8 to 1 to hire Karol Schmidt, the Director of Academic Programs at Grand Canyon University. Douglas cast the only dissenting vote, calling Schmidt “highly over-qualified.”

Schmidt will take the place of Christine Thompson, who Douglas fired in February, only to have Gov. Doug Ducey intervene. Thompson is resigning Friday.

The appointment comes as Douglas and the rest of the Board continue to have a contentious and litigious relationship.

Earlier this year, Douglas filed a lawsuit against Board President Greg Miller and Thompson over who has the right to hire and fire board staff. She has previously said she will sue if the board hired anyone without her recommendation.

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Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, https://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com

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