Holcombe to stay at Agency of Education

MONTPELIER — Republican Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday that he is re-appointing Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe, who was previously appointed by former Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Agency of Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe (Courtesy photo)

Agency of Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe (Courtesy photo)

Holcombe is the final cabinet-level appointment for Scott, who took office on Jan. 5. Scott had asked the State Board of Education to launch a search for an education secretary as part of the transition from the Shumlin administration to the Scott administration.

The board provided the governor with three recommendations, including Holcombe, who was first appointed by Shumlin in January 2014.

“During her tenure as a secretary, Rebecca has shown a fierce commitment to improving Vermont’s education system with a focus on outcomes and the experience of our kids,” the governor said in a statement. “As my administration works to rethink the system, building a cradle-to-career approach that fosters innovation and supports educational and economic goals, Rebecca will be a strong leader and champion for creating more value for our students throughout the entire spectrum.”

Holcombe said she looks forward to continuing to serve.

“It is a privilege and an honor to serve the Scott administration as we work to support his goals of affordability, growing the economy and protecting the vulnerable,” Holcombe said in a statement. “We know strong, efficient, high-quality education are essential to that effort.”

Holcombe previously taught at the middle school, high school and college level before joining the Agency of Education. She also served as a principal and director of academics. She has bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA from Simmons School of Management. She has a master’s and doctorate degrees in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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