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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has appointed Deputy Schools Superintendent Christine Kearl as his new deputy for public education.
Kearl, who has 26 years of experience as a teacher and administrator, succeeds Tim Bridgewater, who had held the position since January as a volunteer.
"This is a great opportunity to work for Gov. Huntsman, who is a catalyst for accomplishing great things," Kearl said Thursday.
Kearl will be paid less in her new position, but says it's a sacrifice she's willing to make.
"I have been working toward this for 26 years and have a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our children," she said.
State Schools Superintendent Patti Harrington said she has begun searching for Kearl's replacement.
"I am delighted for Christine and for Gov. Huntsman. They will be a great combination," Harrington said.
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