Edmunds leaving State Board of Ed

State Board of Education member Ken Edmunds is leaving his position to become the new director of the Idaho Department of Labor.

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Ken Edmunds

Gov. Butch Otter’s office announced the move on Friday.

Edmunds last day with the board will be Nov. 25, the same day he transitions to his new state job.

Edmunds succeeds retiring Idaho Department of Labor Director Roger Madsen.

“Ken’s years on the Board of Education and his private-sector experience will be critically important in positioning the Department of Labor to advance its collaborative efforts with the education and economic development communities and Idaho employers,” Otter said in a written statement.

Within his role on the State Board of Education, Edmunds served as chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee.

Before Edmunds leaves his post, state board members will convene a special meeting Monday in Moscow to consider a new president for the University of Idaho.

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Otter first appointed Edmunds, of Twin Falls, to the State Board of Education in May 2008. His position on the eight-member board was not due to expire until 2018.

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