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Governor’s pick to replace Balow as Wyoming superintendent will be sworn in Friday

Brian Schroeder. (Cody Veritas Academy via SweetwaterNOW)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Education said in a press release Tuesday that Brian Schroeder will be sworn in as Wyoming’s new superintendent of public instruction on Friday.

Schroeder was Head of School at Veritas Academy, a private Christian school in Cody, prior to being appointed by Governor Mark Gordon to take on the role of Wyoming’s superintendent. He was appointed to replace former Superintendent Jillian Balow, who resigned on January 16 in order to take the position as superintendent in Virginia.

The swearing-in ceremony will begin at 3:15 p.m. Friday, February 4 at the Capitol Rotunda in Cheyenne. Wyoming Chief Justice Kate Fox will administer Schroeder’s oath.

Schroeder will serve out the remainder of Balow’s term, which ends in January 2023. Gordon selected Schroeder from among three candidates submitted by the Wyoming Republican Party’s central committee. The other two candidates were Thomas Kelly and Marti Halverson.

The governor’s appointment of Schroeder came after Wyoming U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl denied a request to hold up the appointment of a new superintendent in a lawsuit challenging the process, according to the Associated Press.