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UPDATED: Arne Duncan Has Picked His Deputy

By Alyson Klein — March 24, 2009 1 min read

But we don’t have any names for you yet. In a wide-ranging interview with Edweek reporters and editors, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said he had picked a deputy and that the person was going through the vetting process.

He said he was looking for “good managers” and emphasized his commitment to community colleges. It sounded a lot like he was looking for someone from that world to serve in a top position in the department, possibly as deputy secretary. (One of Duncan’s recent predecessors, Rod Paige, initially divided up the two top jobs, deputy secretary and undersecretary, between folks familiar with the higher ed. and K-12 worlds.)

So ... who is it? The guessing pool starts now.

UPDATE: Watch Duncan talk about what he’s found in a deputy secretary, and check back soon for more video of Edweek’s interview with him: