- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Gov. Kate Brown has appointed Salam Noor to replace Rob Saxton as deputy superintendent of public instruction.

Noor spent six years as assistant superintendent and chief academic officer in the Salem-Keizer School District before taking a job last fall with the Higher Education Coordination Commission.

Brown says Noor delivered results while at Salem-Keizer and other stops in his career. He’ll be asked to improve one of the nation’s lowest graduation rates.

Noor starts July 1, if confirmed by the Oregon Senate.

The 2011 Legislature changed the head of public schools from an elected position to an appointed position.

Saxton was the first person appointed to the job. Last month, he announced his retirement from the Oregon Department of Education and said he would lead the Northwest Regional Education Service District.

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