Gov. Mike Dunleavy approved the appointment of Dr. Deena Bishop as Alaska next commissioner of education. Bishop, who served as superintendent of the Anchorage School District from 2016 to 2022, received unanimous approval from members of the Alaska State Board of Education at its July 26 meeting.

“Dr. Bishop is eminently qualified to manage the department and achieve its mission of providing an excellent education for every student every day,” Dunleavy said in a July 28 statement. “Over the past three decades, she has taught in both rural and urban schools, and was superintendent of Alaska’s two largest school districts. I look forward to working with her on the implementation of the Alaska Reads Act, and other initiatives that will improve educational outcomes for our students.” 

Bishop’s first day as state education commissioner will be Aug. 9. Her educational career in Alaska also includes serving as Superintendent of the Mat-Su School District and being a member of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

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Former Anchorage superintendent approved as next state education commissioner

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