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Commissioner of Education

Byron Darnall

Published: 10/20/2021 2:34 PM

Byron Darnall joined the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness (OELE) in June 2021. A native of Meade County, he has served in various education roles in Kentucky and a stint in the Iowa Department of Education.

Darnall earned a bachelor’s degree in English from David Lipscomb University, and later a master’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky. He also earned his Rank 1 certification from Western Kentucky University and a doctorate in education leadership from Seton Hall University. Prior to joining KDE, Darnall served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in several Kentucky public schools. From 2012 to 2014 he served as a bureau chief at the Iowa Department of Education.

Darnall lives in the Bowling Green area with his wife, Michelle, and their three children, Greer, Emerson and Anderson.

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​Byron Darnall

Associate Commissioner

Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness (OELE)

​Elizabeth Hack
Executive Secretary/Scheduler
Office of the Commissioner of Education
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-3141
Fax (502) 564-5680


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