Betty A. Rosa, who has been chancellor of the state Board of Regents, on Tuesday was appointed by the board as interim commissioner of education and president of the University of the State of New York, according to an announcement by the state Education Department.
The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and New York State United Teachers union (NYSUT) congratulated Rosa upon her appointment.
Rosa succeeds Shannon Tahoe, who last month resigned effective Aug. 13 after being appointed interim education commissioner last year. The search for the next permanent commissioner has been extended, with applications to be received by Oct. 1.
School districts and schools are “about to begin an instructional year like no other in our history,” said Rosa; schools are planning reopenings after closures due to COVID-19.
“It is imperative that the department continues its important work without interruption, and I am dedicated to providing that constancy as interim commissioner. I want to thank Shannon Tahoe for her leadership and steady hand through one of our most challenging times,” Rosa added.
NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider said, “we appreciate Dr. Rosa’s willingness to serve during this turbulent and difficult time. Her hands-on involvement in developing guidance for school reopening plans means she is familiar with the urgent educational challenges facing New York schools right now and can easily hit the ground running.”
NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said Rosa “has been a fierce advocate for our schools, students and educators during her tenure on the board, and we can’t think of anyone more suited to step in as interim commissioner during this time.”