Critchfield names top financial officer for SDE

State superintendent-elect Debbie Critchfield announced another addition to her transition staff Monday morning.

Gideon Tolman, current chief financial officer for the State Board of Education, will take over as chief financial officer for the State Department of Education in January.

He’ll lead the Department’s school finance division and internal budget team.

“I look forward to helping move our state education system in a positive direction in this new role,” Tolman said in a Monday press release. “I am excited to build upon the experiences I have had and the relationships I have developed in order to accomplish the important work ahead.”

Gideon Tolman is a Salmon native and a graduate of Brigham Young University – Idaho and the University of Utah, where he received his master of public administration degree.

Before his time at the State Board, Tolman worked as a senior financial analyst at the Division of Financial Management for nearly seven years. There, he was assigned to the K-12, higher education and career-technical education budgets, and worked closely with the Legislature.

“Gideon has an experienced background with the K-12 budget and policy process at the Capitol,” Critchfield said in the press release. “He has worked closely with school districts and public charter school leaders and budget officers across the state, and he knows the impact state decisions make within Idaho schools and classrooms.”

Earlier this month, the superintendent-elect announced her 22-member transition team, and two additions to her staff.

Tolman joins former gubernatorial aide Greg Wilson and Idaho school administrator Ryan Cantrell on Critchfield’s team. Wilson will take over as chief of staff and Cantrell as deputy state superintendent come January, according to a Nov. 10 announcement.

Sadie Dittenber

Sadie Dittenber

Reporter Sadie Dittenber focuses on K-12 policy and politics. She is a College of Idaho graduate, born and raised in the Treasure Valley. You can follow Sadie on Twitter @sadiedittenber and send her news tips at [email protected].

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