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Interim state Education Commissioner set to resign Nov. 15

Interim state Education Commissioner set to resign Nov. 15

ALBANY -- Beth Berlin, the state's interim education commissioner, will be leaving the position Nov. 15 to pursue a "new opportunity," state education officials said Friday. 

Berlin, who has worked in the state Education Department for six years, took over last month from MaryEllen Elia, who resigned as state education commissioner at the end of August. Prior to Elia's departure, a pair of top department officials had also left.

In a statement from Chancellor Betty Rosa and Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown, who lead the Board of Regents, they said they would "continue to take a more active role in the activities" of the Education Department. They said they would appoint an acting commissioner before Berlin's departure.

A search firm will be hired to help identify candidates to serve as the state's next permanent commissioner. 

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