Nebraska Education Commissioner Announces Retirement

      Roger Breed

      Nebraska EducationCommissioner Roger Breed has announced his plans to retire from public service beginning June 30.

      Breed said he decided it was time to retire because he wants to spend more time with his family.

      Breed read his letter of resignation to the State Board of Education, saying ithas been his "highest professional honor to serve as commissioner."

      As commissioner, Breed oversees the Nebraska Departmentof Education and works with the Nebraska Legislature and other parties to set statewide education policies.

      Breed has served in this position sinceOctober 2008. He led the implementation of statewide reading, mathematics andscience tests; established a new state accountability system; and worked withthe Nebraska court system to address excessive absenteeism in public schools toimprove attendance and student achievement.

      StateBoard of Education President Pat Timm said Breed's longtime leadership onbehalf of Nebraska students would be greatly missed.

      "Roger has been a strongleader and advocate for the education of all Nebraska students," said Timm. "Our studentsand their schools have benefited from his leadership and his focus on studentachievement, learning standards and student attendance."

      Timm has appointed a search committee to fill the position. The committee is comprised of State Board of Education Vice President Mark Quandahl, of Omaha; Lynn Cronk, of Grand Island; and Rebecca Valdez, of Omaha. The committee will announce in April how it plans to proceed with the search.