Branstad appoints interim education director

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad announced an interim director for the Iowa Department of Education on Tuesday.

Branstad said Duane “D.T.” Magee will run the department while the state looks for a permanent replacement for outgoing Director Jason Glass.

“We are conducting a nationwide search for our permanent Department of Education director, and I am pleased D.T. Magee is taking on this important role,” Branstad said in a news release.

Magee will continue to hold his position as executive director of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. He previously served as assistant superintendent of human resources for the Waukee Community School District and as a principal in the Harlan Community School District.

“This is a great opportunity to continue the great work of Jason Glass and to ensure continuity within the department as a new leader is chosen,” Magee said in the release.

Glass announced last month that he would be leaving to become superintendent of a Colorado school district. He had served as director since late 2010 and took the lead in backing education reforms that were approved by lawmakers in May.

Glass previously worked for Eagle County schools and the Colorado Department of Education.

Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht said Glass’ last day is June 21 and Magee will start June 24. Albrecht said the governor hopes to name a permanent director by the start of the 2013 school year.