Executive Team

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Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner
Minnesota’s education commissioner heads an agency of more than 450 employees, charged with the mission of improving educational achievement for children from PreK-12. Commissioner Cassellius works closely with Governor Mark Dayton to promote a wide variety of early learning and K-12 education policies and initiatives designed to challenge Minnesota students with rigor and relevance, while maintaining accountability for results.

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Charlene Briner 
Charlene Briner, Deputy Commissioner
As Deputy Commissioner, Charlene Briner is responsible for day-to-day operations of the agency, including fiscal policy and agency management, as well as overseeing the offices of Communications and Human Resources.

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Assistant Commissioner Hue Nguyen
Hue Nguyen, Assistant Commissioner
Assistant Commissioner Hue Nguyen oversees the divisions of State and Federal Government Relations and Early Learning.

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Daron Korte, Assistant Commissioner
Assistant Commissioner Daron Korte oversees the Divisions of Special Education; Compliance and Assistance; Rulemaking; and Health, Nutrition and Youth Development.

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Kevin McHenry, Assistant Commissioner
Assistant Commissioner Kevin McHenry oversees the department’s programs for Student Testing and Assessment, Charter Schools, State Library Services and the School Safety Technical Assistance Center.

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Denise Anderson, Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Denise is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the financial, administrative, budgeting and risk management functions.

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Gregory Keith, Chief Academic Officer
As Chief Academic Officer, Greg oversees the divisions of Academic Standards and Instructional Effectiveness; College and Career Success; Student Support; School Support; and the Office of Equity and Opportunity to move us toward more seamless and cohesive delivery in support of schools.

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Josh Collins, Communications Director
As Director of Communications, Josh is the primary contact for media and manages agency news and events.

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