The state agencies that oversee Ohio K-12 and higher education are now without permanent leaders.
The Ohio Department of Education has been without a permanent state superintendent of public instruction since former state superintendent Stan Heffner resigned in August.
The state Board of Education is conducting a national search for a new state superintendent and expects to interview candidates in March. No timeline has been set for hiring the next state superintendent.
Ohio has been without a state chancellor, the person responsible for carrying out state higher education policy, since last week, when former Chancellor Jim Petro retired. A vice chancellor, Stephanie Davidson, is serving as interim chancellor.
A spokesperson for the governor’s office told the Cleveland Plain Dealer there is no timetable for appointing a new, permanent chancellor.