A Florida school superintendent was appointed New York education commissioner on Tuesday.
The Board of Regents voted unanimously to hire MaryEllen Elia at a salary of $250,000 a year. She succeeds John King Jr., who stepped down for a post in the Obama administration.
Elia will take over an education system that has undergone several years of often-contested reforms, including performance measures for teachers and standardized testing based on the Common Core learning standards.
The teachers union expressed support for Elia because of her past experience as a teacher in New York.