Nebraska Education Commissioner Matthew Blomstedt announces resignation
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The commissioner of the Nebraska Department of Education announced his resignation on Friday.
Matthew Blomstedt said his resignation is effective Jan. 3. He will have served as commissioner for nine years.
“There are many things I am proud of in my nearly nine years of service to the State of Nebraska, but I am most proud of the opportunity to have served with so many dedicated board members, staff, and partners in this work over the years,” Blomstedt said in a press release.
Under his guidance, a strategic plan was adopted in 2016 to restructure the agency to meet the changing needs and challenges of schools and students.
During his time as commissioner, he also implemented a state accountability system and helped Nebraska meet national requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Blomstedt announced his resignation three months in advance to give the State Board of Education time to find a successor.
According to his resignation letter, he made the decision to pursue a “new professional opportunity.”
The commissioner is chosen by the elected Board of Education.