New director of Iowa Department of Education Ryan Wise has focused on working with a strategy to promote education in Iowa that will be a model for other states.

“There are a number of bright spots that we as a state should be very proud of, and we are blazing a new and bold path that will be a model for other states,” Wise said.

“At the same time, we need to continue to work as a state on how we best address our challenges to ensure all kids have a bright future ahead of them,” he added.

Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad announced Iowa Department of Education Deputy Director Ryan Wise as the new director of the department on June 30.

Wise transitioned to the role from the position of deputy director of the department on July 1.

Wise and his spouse, Sacha, reside in Des Moines. They have two elementary-age sons, Weston and Graham.

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