Former Durango School District 9-R superintendent Keith Owen will become the second in command at the Colorado Department of Education.
After less than a year as the departments associate commissioner of education, Owen was named the deputy commissioner of education.
He will start the position in June. Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond announced the promotion.
Owen left Durango last June to take the associate commissioner job in Denver.
Owens promotion came along with several other changes to the department.
The rearrangements were the result of a search for greater efficiencies that fit within the tight fiscal realities facing the department, Hammond said.
Beginning in June, Owen will oversee the departments accountability, performance and support division. He will be in charge of student services, including special education, federal programs and district accountability. He also will work with the states 23 lowest-performing school districts to improve performance.
Owen said his experience working in a small rural school district such as Durango and collaborating with other Southwest Colorado school districts gave him a valuable perspective.
In a lot of ways, Durango helped shape experiences and work Im trying to do across the state, he said.