- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The State Board of Education has selected the superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools to lead the Michigan Education Department.

Brian Whiston won over two other finalists after hours of interviews and discussion on Wednesday in Lansing. Superintendent Mike Flanagan is retiring this summer.

The state superintendent runs the education agency and is a member of the governor’s cabinet. But he or she is hired by the independently elected board, now controlled 6-2 by Democrats.

The other finalists to replace Flanagan were Oakland County intermediate schools Superintendent Vickie Markavitch and Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel.

Whiston is expected to get at least $200,000 a year once a contract is negotiated.

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