The Kentucky Board of Education named Kevin C. Brown as interim state commissioner of education on Wednesday.
Brown, 40, associate commissioner and general counsel for the Kentucky Department of Education, will assume his new role Sept. 1. Outgoing Education Commissioner Terry Holliday will retire Aug. 31.
Board chairman Roger Marcum has said it could take only 30 to 60 days to name a new commissioner. Brown's annual salary was set at the equivalent of $150,000.
Brown is chief attorney for the education commissioner and state school board. As associate commissioner for the Office of Guiding Support Services, he also oversees the department's Division of Communications and the process for investigating state testing violations.
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Previously, he was an assistant Kentucky attorney general and a law clerk in the Lexington office of the law firm Bowles Rice.
Brown earned an undergraduate degree in business management from Transylvania University and a law degree from the University of Kentucky.
Also on Wednesday at a meeting in Frankfort, the state school board conducted its first review of applicants for the permanent commissioner position. The review was conducted in closed session for about four hours.
After returning to open session, the board voted to ask its Florida-based search firm Greenwood/Asher and Associates to seek additional information on 15 of 44 applicants.
Marcum would not identify the semifinalists.