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November 27, 2018 1 min read
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Candice McQueen, Tennessee’s education commissioner, is leaving her post to become the CEO of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, starting in January. The organization helps states and schools develop and retain educators.

McQueen was appointed as state chief in 2015 after leading the Lipscomb University College of Education. She also worked as a classroom teacher.

Talisa Dixon has been named the new superintendent of the Columbus school district, the largest in Ohio.

Currently, she heads up the state’s Cleveland Heights-University Heights City schools. Dixon previously served as an administrator and principal in other districts in Ohio and Michigan.

Harriet Sanford is stepping down as the president and CEO of the NEA Foundation.

Replacing her will be Sara Sneed, a former director of education investments with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

During Sanford’s 13-year tenure, the philanthropy invested more than $43 million to provide individual educators, districts, and unions with support and resources.

A version of this article appeared in the November 28, 2018 edition of Education Week as Transitions


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