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Governor Appoints Kathryn Radtkey-Gaither As Education Undersecretary

By Jeff Hudson - February 27, 2009

Kathryn Radtkey-Gaither has been named as California’s Undersecretary of Education by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Glen Thomas, recently appointed as Secretary of Education, complimented the Governor on his appointment of Gaither.

Thomas said “She brings extensive education finance and policy experience to the team.  Kathy will be a tremendous asset to the education community during these tough fiscal times.”

Previously, Gaither was the Associate Director and Chief of Staff for the California State University Office of Advocacy and Institutional Relations.

Prior to her appointment to the CSU system, she worked for nearly 20 years at the Department of Finance (DOF) -- including 17 of those years focused on education finance and policy.  At the DOF, she provided advice to three consecutive Governors, eventually rising to the level of Deputy Director, Budget and Operations.

Gaither has long experience working on both K-12 and higher education policy and legislation, in addition to budget issues.  She helped to shape significant legislation such as testing and accountability, charter schools, K-3 Class Size Reduction, Special Education Funding reform, and the Cal Grant Entitlement Program. She was also instrumental in negotiating two Higher Education Compact agreements.

She was born in Cloverdale, California, and received a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, from CSU Sacramento.

Editor's Note: Jeff Hudson is the editor of EdBrief and an award-winning education reporter and writer in print, radio and television media.