Commissioner of Education

Commissioner of Education

Published: 8/9/2022 12:25 PM


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 Kentucky (UK).

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 Georgetown College.

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.

Jason Glass named Kentucky’s next education commissioner (July 10, 2020)

Kentucky’s newest commissioner found his calling, and his family, in education (July 10, 2020)

Commissioner Candidate Profile – Dr. Jason Glass (July 2, 2020)

For media requests, please contact Toni Konz Tatman​​

Commissioner Glass presentation on Teacher Recruitment and Retention to Interim Joint Committee on Education (June 7, 2022)​

Commissioner Glass letter to the General Assembly re: House Bill 9​ (March 23, 2022)​

KDE 2021 Special Session Recommendations

Messages to Superintendents

Important Due Dates for Superintendents 2022

Reports to the Kentucky Board of Education



Commissioner Jason E. Glass HeadShot

Dr. Jason E. Glass


​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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