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Ed Department Taps Wentzell to Lead

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Department of Education has a new leader: Dianna Wenzell.

Officials announced on Monday that Wentzell, who currently serves as the department’s chief academic officer,  will head the department while the State Board of Education searches for a replacement of outgoing commissioner Stefan Pryor.  Pryor will leave the state to head the Department of Commerce in Rhode Island. He was also the deputy mayor and director of economic and housing development in Newark.

Pryor resigned after heading the board of education for four years.

Wentzell has a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Hartford, a master’s in education from the University of Massachusettes, and a bachelor’s in Russian Studies from Mount Holyoke College.

Before joining the state department, she was an assistant superintendent for Hartford Public Schools.

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