ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has selected Shirley Holloway to replace Rick Cross as commissioner of the Department of Education and Early Development.
Holloway, 60, will earn $87,000 a year and will take over on Jan. 8.
Cross, a former Fairbanks superintendent, recently announced his resignation because he has accepted a superintendent's job in Michigan.
Holloway was Knowles' first education commissioner from March 1995 until April 1999. She resigned for health reasons but now is in good health following surgery, Knowles' office said. She had been working for the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Holloway has been a teacher, principal, school superintendent and university professor since beginning her career in 1963. She worked with the North Slope Borough schools for 16 years, including three years as superintendent.
The education department oversees 53 public school districts in Alaska and operates three schools. The department also is responsible for early childhood development programs and Alaska's museums, libraries, and archives.
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