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News Release - State Board of Education appoints Richard Crandall as Colorado Commissioner of Education

Jan. 4, 2016

State Board of Education appoints Richard Crandall as Colorado Commissioner of Education

Former Arizona legislator and Wyoming schools chief Richard D. Crandall will begin Jan. 19

Richard Crandall, the single finalist for Colorado’s commissioner of Education was officially appointed today during a special meeting by the Colorado State Board of Education. 

The state board voted 7-0 in favor of hiring Crandall for the role with an effective date of Tuesday, Jan. 19. Crandall was named the single finalist in December following a months-long national search after the retirement of Robert Hammond last June.  Elliott Asp has served as interim commissioner since Hammond’s retirement.

A former state legislator in Arizona, Crandall served as chairman of the education committees in both the Arizona Senate and House.  He was elected as an Arizona state senator from 2011-13 and state representative from 2007 - 2010. In addition to being a lawmaker, he served as a school board member and president of Mesa Public Schools, Arizona’s largest school district.

He resigned his senate seat when he was appointed by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead to head up the Wyoming Department of Education in 2013, a position that was ultimately ruled unconstitutional by the Wyoming Supreme Court. 

He is currently the president and founder of CN Resource, which provides oversight and audit services of USDA child nutrition programs for state education agencies. He is also the chief financial officer and partner of Crandall Corporate Dietitians, the nation’s largest provider of consulting dietitian services to long-term care and assisted living facilities. 

Crandall, age 48, is studying for a doctorate in education from Northern Arizona University and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University.  He is a licensed school nutrition specialist and a certified public accountant.