Missouri state Board of Education is looking for its next education commissioner

JEFFERSON CITY • The state Board of Education has launched a search for its next education commissioner, who will oversee the state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Applications are due Oct. 19 and information on the process is available on DESE's <a href="http://nie.post-dispatch.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://dese.mo.gov/state-board-education/commissioner"">https://dese.mo.gov/state-board-education/commissioner" target="_blank">website</a>. The current salary for the post is $191,544, and candidates must have a doctorate to be considered.

The board hopes the new commissioner can start in January.

Roger Dorson, the interim commissioner, has led DESE since December, when the board fired former Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven.

The board became powerless in January when the Senate refused confirm former Gov. Eric Greitens' nominees to the panel. A search for Vandeven's replacement then ended because the panel could not form a quorum.

Board President Charlie Shields has praised Dorson for his leadership.

<a href="http://nie.post-dispatch.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/after-last-year-s-turmoil-missouri-s-department-of-education/article_8a3b1ac8-3ae3-5579-9bdf-a2f58dc9cb19.html"">https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/after-last-year-s-turmoil-... target="_blank">Shields told the Post-Dispatch last month</a> that the education board could opt to remove the "interim" tag from Dorson's title by the end of any selection process.