- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo has chosen a new leader for the state’s Education Department.

Raimondo announced Wednesday her nomination of Ken Wagner for education commissioner.

Wagner will step down from his current role as senior deputy commissioner for education policy for the New York state Department of Education. He also has experience as a middle school principal and has worked as a school psychologist.

Raimondo says Wagner has the expertise and the steady hand to build consensus around ideas that promote student learning.

Raimondo chose Wagner following a nationwide search to fill the role left by former commissioner Deborah Gist, who left to become the schools superintendent in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Wagner’s nomination will be considered next week by the state’s education board.

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