Roger Quarles was named the executive director of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation on Monday, replacing Jamie MacMillan, who will become foundation president.
Quarles has recently held positions as deputy superintendent of the State Department of Education, superintendent of the Caldwell School District and co-director of Boise State University’s Idaho Leads Project. He started work with the Albertson Foundation earlier this year.
MacMillan is the great granddaughter of the late supermarket mogul Joe Albertson. The success for the Albertson supermarket chain led to the creation of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, which grants about $30 million a year in Idaho education.
Quarles brings 19 years of experience in education to the state. He has served as a teacher, a principal, assistant superintendent, district superintendent and university professor. He also was a successful businessman before starting his career in education, opening his own pizza chain.
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