- Associated Press - Friday, June 28, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The head of the Department of Education office that works with struggling schools has been named Connecticut’s interim education commissioner.

The State Board of Education voted Friday to name Desi Nesmith to the position as the search for a permanent commissioner continues. That person is expected to be chosen sometime in July.

Nesmith, the department’s chief turnaround officer, replaces departing Commissioner Dianna Wentzell, whose term had ended in March. She has been staying on as an interim commissioner as a search for her replacement was conducted. Wentzell, however, is leaving to take another job.

Nesmith joined the agency in 2015. He was previously an award-winning educator in Bloomfield. He has also worked in East Hartford and Hartford.

In a written statement, Nesmith says he’ll work to “ensure a seamless transition.”

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