Wright resigns Higher Ed post

Courtesy of Tom Scheck over at MPR News' Capitol View blog:

Gov. Dayton's office announced today that Sheila Wright has resigned her position as Director of the Office of Higher Education. Dayton's spokesman, Bob Hume, released a statement saying Wright's last day is today:

"I wanted to let you know that earlier this week Dr. Sheila Wright resigned her position as Director of the Office of Higher Education, effective today. As Dr. Wright returns to private life, we wish her well and thank her for her service to the State of Minnesota. We have asked current research director Susan Von Mosch to step in as interim director while we search for a new director for the Office of Higher Education."

Hume would not offer further explanation when asked directly if Gov. Dayton asked Wright to resign. Wright could not be reached for comment.

Dayton first appointed Wright to the position in January. The news release announcing her appointment said her term runs until January 5, 2015. The Senate Higher Education Committee confirmed Wright on a unanimous voice vote in February. Senate GOP spokesman Michael Brodkorb says the full Senate did not act on her confirmation.

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