2020 Kentucky Education Commissioner Search

Published: 8/2/2022 3:50 AM

On Dec. 12, 2019, the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) authorized the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to issue a solicitation for a national search firm that could begin a search for a permanent commissioner of education. The firm is expected to be selected in mid-February. The board hopes to have a new commissioner in place by July 1, 2020.


Follow along on this page for news and developments in KBE's search for our next commissioner.


July 15, 2020Employment Contract for Dr. Jason Glass

July 1, 2020 - Commissioner Candidate Dr. Jason Glass  

July 1, 2020 - Commissioner Candidate Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig  

July 1, 2020 - Commissioner Candidate – Dr. Felicia Cumings Smith 

May 7, 2020 - Invitation for Applications and Nominations for Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner

May 7, 2020Commissioner of Education Brochure

March 24, 2020KDE Contract with Greenwood Asher for Commissioner Executive Search Firm

News Releases and Advisories

July 15, 2020 - Kentucky Board of Education approves contract for next commissioner of education

July 10, 2020 - Kentucky’s newest commissioner found his calling, and his family, in education

July 10, 2020 - Jason Glass named Kentucky’s next education commissioner

July 7, 2020 - KBE selects education commissioner candidate, negotiation process begins 

July 1, 2020 - Three candidates named in Kentucky's education commissioner search

June 25, 2020 - KBE narrows search to four candidates for Kentucky's next education commissioner 

June 12, 2020 - Six candidates for education commissioner selected for further review by KBE

June 4, 2020 - KBE narrows field to 11 candidates in search for next education commissioner

May 15, 2020 - KBE seeks nominations, applications for next education commissioner

March 24, 2020 - Contract between KDE, commissioner search firm finalized

March 18, 2020 - KBE receives feedback on what community wants from new commissioner

March 18, 2020 - KBE selects executive firm to lead search for Kentucky’s education commissioner

February 4, 2020 - KBE to continue looking for firm to run next education commissioner search

January 21, 2020 - SURVEY: KBE seeks feedback in search for next commissioner

January 17, 2020 - KBE lays out next steps in search for new education commissioner

Joette Fields
Office of the Commissioner of Education
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-3141 
Fax (502) 564-5680

2020 Commissioner Search
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