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A notable change in leadership is underway in Utah’s System of Higher Education.
First, KSL offers a sincere thank you for the job she’s done to Cecelia Foxley who is stepping down the end of the year as Utah’s Commissioner of Higher Education.
Foxley joined the commissioner’s staff in 1985 with a specific plan to stay only two or three years. Instead, she remained with the office and ascended to the top job in 1993. That she would become the longest serving commissioner in the 34-year history of the system of Higher Education is a tribute to her exceptional administrative skills.
That said, KSL welcomes the appointment of another distinguished Utah educator to the commissioner’s chair.
In a word, Richard Kendall is experienced - at virtually every level in public and higher education. A teacher and professor! A public school district superintendent! A university dean and department chair! He worked in the state office of education after "cutting his teeth" 30 years ago as an administrative intern in the office he’ll now lead. Most recently, he has served as Deputy to the Governor for Higher Education, Public Education and Economic Development.
Over the years, individuals of extraordinary capacity have guided Utah’s System of Higher Education. In KSL’s view, with Dr. Kendall’s appointment,the tradition will continue.