Governor Bill Haslam announced Thursday that Kevin Huffman, Commissioner of the Department of Education, is leaving his position.
Huffman will be departing the administration to move into the private sector.
“Improving education in Tennessee has been a top priority for our administration, and having someone of Kevin’s caliber to lead the charge during this time of significant progress has made a difference,” Haslam said. “I am very grateful for his commitment to our students, educators and parents, and I wish him well as he continues his commitment to education.”
The state of Tennessee has seen historic gains in academic achievement during Huffman’s tenure.
“It has been an extraordinary honor to serve nearly one million students. I am incredibly proud of the accomplishments of Tennessee students,” Huffman said. “More importantly, I am convinced that the state is on the cusp of even more significant breakthroughs as the reforms in our K-12 system link with the opportunity of the Tennessee Promise.”
Prior to joining the Haslam administration, Huffman spent almost two decades working with public education systems as a teacher, lawyer, non-profit executive and non-profit board member.
Huffman, 44, began his education career as an elementary bilingual teacher in Houston, Texas.
Huffman graduated from Swarthmore College with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature in 1992 and from the New York University School of Law in 1998.
Huffman and his wife live in Nashville. Huffman and his wife have one son together and are expecting a baby boy in March.
Huffman also has two daughters.
His successor will be named at a later date.