Governor Herbert names new education adviser

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert named Tami Pyfer as his new education adviser Jan. 21, as he continues to set his focus on improving Utah’s education.

“Education is my top budget priority and the key to our long-term economic strength,” Herbert said in a press release. According to his proposed budget plan for the 2015 fiscal year, $261 million in new funds will be added to education, for a total of $3.6 billion.

His cabinet is working side-by-side with Utah’s Legislature to reach a goal that 66 percent of Utah’s adults will hold a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2020 — an effort introduced by Utah State Rep. Bradley G. Last, R-Hurricane, in February 2012.

Gov. Herbert voiced high hopes that Pyfer will aid them in achieving this objective as the new education adviser.

“Tami has seen our education system work from every angle, and she will provide valuable perspective as we work to reach our goal,” he said.

Pyfer has a lifetime of experience in the education department. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in special education and a master’s degree in early childhood special education. She has served in various education-based roles in her community, from PTA president to a member of the Logan Schools Foundation board of directors.

“I have been a non-traditional student, educator, researcher and school board member, so I’ve seen education from many angles,” she said. “I am eager to bring my experience and perspective to this important work.”

Pyfer currently serves as a member of the Utah State School Board, but she will resign this position as she begins her new role in the governor’s administration.

She will replace Christine Kearl, who served as Herbert’s educational adviser for ten years.

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