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Torlakson Announces Pair of Chief Deputies

July 9, 2015

On June 25, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that Glen Price, a public education expert, and Michelle Zumot, a veteran administrator, will serve as his co-chief deputies of the California Department of Education (CDE).

Zumot has been the Assistant Chief Deputy, while Price has most recently served as Interim Chief of Staff of CDE.

Torlakson said the two work well together and have different strengths that complement each other. Their duties split naturally, he said. Glen Price will take the lead on policy and program issues, while Michelle Zumot will head the operational side.

Michelle Zumot has worked for CDE for 12 years in a variety of administrative posts. She has been instrumental in supporting a variety of CDE organizational change efforts and also represents the agency on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the California State Teachers' Retirement System Board of Directors.

Glen Price, who owns the Glen Price Group, has more than 30 years of experience in education, strategic planning, and policy development. He has worked for a wide range of agencies on issues involving California teachers, after school programs, and early learning. In addition, he served two terms an elected school board member for the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

"Both Michelle and Glen possess the kind of collaborative, inclusive leadership styles that encourage teamwork, while also inspiring and developing individual employees," Torlakson said. "They know how to bring out the best in CDE employees so all of us can be as effective as possible in serving students, parents, educators, and residents of California."

Zumot and Price emerged as the right people for the job after the recruiting firm that assisted CDE with this effort conducted a nationwide search for candidates, Torlakson said. The firm sought input from dozens of education leaders around the state. They started in their new positions on July 9.

The two replace former Chief Deputy Superintendent Rich Zeiger, who retired in March.

Source:  California Department of Education

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