MADISON (WKOW) — Governor-elect Tony Evers announces his replacement as Wisconsin’s State Superintendent.
Evers will appoint current Assistant State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor to the job after he takes the oath of office for Governor on January 7. Current law allows the governor to appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of the term if a vacancy occurs with the state superintendent.
“Carolyn is a dedicated, thoughtful leader, who puts the best interests of kids before all else,” Evers
said. “She is known and respected throughout the education community for her commitment to equity and
her work to help all students reach academic success. I have known Carolyn for the better part of three
decades and know she will be an exceptional state superintendent.”
Stanford Taylor was the first female, African-American appointed to serve as assistant state superintendent in Wisconsin and she will be Wisconsin’s first African-American state superintendent.
She currently oversees the Special Education Team, the Student Services/Prevention and Wellness Team and the residential schools for students who are blind and visually impaired in Janesville and students who are deaf and hard of hearing in Delavan.
“It will be an honor to serve the students, teachers, and families of Wisconsin as the next state
superintendent,” Stanford Taylor said. “I am blessed to be surrounded by the talented and devoted staff in
the department, who care about the work they do to improve the lives of our state’s youth. I look forward to
this opportunity, and know that together, we can continue to advance educational equity for all students.”