Margie Vandeven rehired as state education commissioner

3 weeks 3 hours 55 minutes ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 12:44:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
By: Channing Phillips, KOMU 8 Digital Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - The State Board of Education announced Tuesday that Margie Vandeven will return to her role as commissioner for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

"It is an honor to return to the department, and I remain committed to doing what is best for the children of Missouri," said Vandeven in a press release. 

The rehire comes nearly a year after Vandeven was ousted from the position, in part due to an effort by then-governor Eric Grietens to get her fired.

Vandeven is the sixth individual and the second female to serve as commissioner. She received the position on Jan. 1, 2015 and served for nearly three years. 

"With Margie's knowledge and enthusiasm, it is obvious that she will be up to speed in a very short time," said Vic Lenz, vice president of the State Board of Education. 

Dr. Roger Dorson has been serving as the department's interim commissioner since Dec. 1, 2017. 

"I want to thank Roger for his amazing leadership during a challenging time as well as express my appreciation to the education community for its support of DESE and the more than 900,000 Missouri students it serves," said Charlie Shields, president of the State Board of Education.

Vandeven will begin on January 2, 2019. 

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