Dr. Jason E. Glass is commissioner of the Kentucky Department
of Education (KDE).
Glass, a native of Brandenburg and a third-generation Kentucky
educator, has been commissioner of education since September 2020. Before that,
he had been superintendent and chief learner of Jeffco Public Schools in
Colorado since 2017.
A 1990 graduate of Meade County High School, Glass received a bachelor’s
degree in political science and history in 1994, a master’s in political
science in 1996 and a master’s in education in 2007 from the University of
Glass began his teaching career at Hazard Independent Schools,
working as a high school social studies teacher from 1996 to 1998. While still
a graduate student, he already was serving as an instructor at UK and at
Glass received his doctorate in education leadership in 2011 from
Seton Hall University. He holds a certificate in advanced education leadership
from Harvard University, received in 2019.
From 2001 to 2006 he held progressively senior positions with
the Colorado Department of Education, then worked as vice president of quality
ratings for Qualistar Early Learning. He served briefly as senior director of
human capital strategy for Ohio-based Battelle for Kids before Iowa Gov. Terry
Branstad appointed him state Director of Education. Glass served as Iowa’s chief
state school officer from 2010 to 2013. From 2013 to 2017 Glass was
superintendent of Eagle County Public Schools in Colorado.
In 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Glass to the
National Board for Education Sciences.
He and his wife, Sarah, have two elementary-aged children who
attend Kentucky public schools.
Glass named Kentucky’s next education commissioner (July 10, 2020)
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