Gov. Tim Pawlenty named veteran legislator Alice Seagren as Minnesota's new Education Commissioner Tuesday. Seagren, R-Bloomington, will take over the position that was vacated when the DFL-controlled Senate ousted Cheri Pearson Yecke in May. The DFLers said Yecke was a divisive figure and an extremist. Some of the groups who criticized Yecke have lent their support to Seagren, including the teacher's union Education Minnesota, but Pawlenty said that his choice does not represent a change in his education policy.