Gov. Mark Gordon announced a new superintendent of public instruction Jan. 27. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Governor Mark Gordon has made his choice for the state’s next superintendent of public instruction.

Brian Schroeder has been picked for the job, succeeding Superintendent Jillian Balow. Balow departed for a new post in Virginia earlier this month after eight years running Wyoming’s public school system.

Under state statue, Gordon was required to select one of three candidates presented to him by the Republican Party Central Committee. Gordon’s selection was temporarily blocked after a lawsuit and restraining order claimed the election process was unconstitutional, but a judge ruled that selection could continue early today.

Schroeder has worked as a teacher and administrator in private schools in California, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming and as a family and youth counselor, according to a press release from the Governor’s office. He most recently served as Head of School at Cody’s Veritas Academy, a private Christian school. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Maranatha Baptist University and holds a Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.

“I reviewed application materials and conducted interviews with all the candidates that came through the selection process, and after much prayer and careful consideration I have determined that Brian Schroeder is best-suited to fill the Superintendent’s position,” Gordon said in a press release. “Brian demonstrated his commitment to ensuring that parents are intricately involved in their children’s education, just as it should be. I will work to ensure a smooth transition in leadership for the Wyoming Department of Education.”

“I am honored and humbled beyond words at this incredible opportunity to serve the students, teachers and parents of Wyoming,” Schroeder said. “I’ll do my best to help strengthen education for the future of our state.”

Schroeder will serve as superintendent for the remainder of Balow’s term, which ends in January 2023.

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Shannon is a Wyoming-raised writer and reporter. She just completed a master's in journalism from Boston University. Jackson shaped her into an outdoorswoman, but a love for language and the human condition compels her to write. She believes there's no story too small to tell nor adventure too small to take.