Beth Berlin, the second-ranking official at the state Education Department, will become acting commissioner Sept. 1 after Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia resigns from the post.
Berlin, who has worked in the Education Department for the past six years and is currently the executive deputy commissioner, will serve in the temporary position while the search for a new commissioner is underway, according to a statement from Chancellor Betty Rosa and Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown on Tuesday.
Elia surprised members of the Board of Regents and others in the state's education community Monday when she announced that she planned to resign effective Aug. 31. Elia later told reporters she was taking a job with a national firm that works with school districts around the country.
In their statement, Rosa and Brown, leaders of the Board of Regents, said they planned to "take a more active role in the activities of the (Education) Department during this time of transition" and thanked the department's staff.
"While times of transition can be challenging, we have no doubt that under Ms. Berlin's leadership, SED and its employees will continue to serve the citizens of New York to the best of their ability as they always have," Rosa and Brown said.