- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island has a new education commissioner.

The Rhode Island Council on Elementary and Secondary Education and the state Board of Education unanimously voted Monday to confirm the nomination of Dr. Ken Wagner.

Wagner just stepped down as the senior deputy commissioner for education policy for the New York State Education Department. He also has experience as a middle school principal and has worked as a school psychologist.

He was nominated by Gov. Gina Raimondo last week following a nationwide search to fill the role left by former commissioner Deborah Gist, who left to become the superintendent of public schools in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Wagner is expected to begin next month.

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