- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A retired state educator has been named interim deputy commissioner of the state education department.

Interim Commissioner Susan McCauley appointed Betty Walters to the position, effective Wednesday. Walters will serve in the role vacated by Les Morse, who has retired.

The department, in a release, says Walters has been involved in education since 1964. She served as a longtime school administrator in the Kodiak Island Borough School District.

The department has undergone big changes in recent weeks, with Commissioner Mike Hanley stepping down after the state Board of Education indicated that it wanted new leadership and Morse retiring.

A process has not yet been decided for finding a permanent replacement for Hanley.

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