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Governor taps Salam Noor for top education post

The Salem-Keizer veteran has experience from early childhood to higher education

COURTESY: SALEM-KEIZER PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Salam Noor is likely to become Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Oregon Department of Education.

Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that Salem's Salam Noor should replace Rob Saxton as Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Oregon Department of Education.

“Salam has worked successfully to improve graduation rates, close the opportunity gap and provide new learning opportunities to engage students and help them prosper beyond high school,” Brown said in a statement. “Throughout his career, Salam has shown that he can engage diverse stakeholders in an authentic way and deliver results. I’m confident in his ability to bring people together to remove barriers to student success.”

Noor, who was recently made director of Academic Planning and Policy at the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, will need to be confirmed by the 2015 Oregon Legislature for the top education spot in the state.

Dr. Nancy Golden, the chief education officer for the state-sponsored think tank the Oregon Education Investment Board, said she was pleased by the announcement.

"Salam brings deep expertise from years in leadership roles spanning the education continuum and has a proven track record of implementing initiatives to improve student outcomes," Golden said in a statement. "His previous work at the Department of Education, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Salem-Keizer School District and as a professor at multiple universities make him uniquely qualified for this role."

Salam was assistant superintendent and chief academic officer of the Salem-Keizer School District for six years.

Saxton announced his retirement from the ODE on April 8, to take effect June 30. He will lead the Northwest Regional Education Service District, based in Hillsboro.

Read more on our coverage of Saxton's departure.



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