Gov. Mead appoints AZ Sen. Crandall to head Wyoming Ed. Dept.

Jun 26, 2013

Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Arizona State Senator Richard Crandall to run the Wyoming Department of Education.

NEW ED DIRECTOR - Gov. Matt Mead has selected an Arizona state senator to run the Wyoming Education Department.

Mead late Wednesday afternoon announced his choice of Richard Crandall, who co-owns two nutritional service companies.

The Education Department has a budget of about $1 billion a year and employs about 150 people.

Mead and the Legislature enacted a new law this past winter removing the statewide elected superintendent of public instruction as head of the Education Department. Instead, the department will be administered by a director appointed by the governor.

The change occurred in the middle of Superintendent Cindy Hill's four-year term. Hill is challenging the constitutionality of the change.

Crandall says that he'll let the superintendent situation take its own course and that he has a clean slate with everyone involved.