John H. Lawson, superintendent of the Lexington, Mass., public schools, has been selected by the Massachusetts Board of Education to serve as state commissioner of education.
Mr. Lawson, 58, who has been an education administrator for some 20 years, replaces Gregory R. Anrig, who resigned earlier this year to become president of the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J.
Prior to becoming Lexington's superintendent, Mr. Lawson served as school superintendent in Shaker3Heights, Ohio, and in the Massachusetts school districts of Hingham, Hamilton-Wenham and Newbury-Salisbury Union.
The imbalance of funding among public schools in Massachusetts, Mr. Lawson said, will be one of the first problems he will tackle as education commissioner. He said he also will review academic standards and will attempt to restore public confidence in public education.
Mr. Lawson is expected to assume his new position by Jan. 1.