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KDA selects interim Kentucky education commissioner, two weeks before Jason Glass exits post

The Kentucky Department of Education has selected an interim state commissioner as outgoing commissioner Jason Glass prepares to leave the position.

The KDE has chosen Robin Fields Kinney to take over the top education post during the search for a permanent replacement for Glass, who has cited the politics surrounding the position and moves by the Republican-controlled General Assembly as reasons he’s on the way out.

"I do not wish to be part of implementing the dangerous and unconstitutional anti-LGBTQI law that the legislature passed this last session, so it is time for me to move on," Glass told reporters in a press conference after his resignation announcement.

Stepping into what’s become a higher-pressure job, Kinney – who heads up the Office of Finance and Operations for KDE – will only serve on a temporary basis. She will not be eligible for the permanent position. Her annual salary will be set at about $260,000.

Kinney will take over the role from Glass on September 30.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.