No explanation for resignation of Sheila Wright, state higher ed chief

There doesn’t appear to be an explanation yet of why Sheila Wright, director of the Office of Higher Education, has resigned her position.

MPR’s Tom Scheck said in his report: “Gov. Dayton’s spokesman would not offer further explanation when asked directly if Gov. Dayton asked Wright to resign. Wright could not be reached for comment.”

A note from the governor’s office said:

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.

She’d been dean of Hamline University’s School of Education before Gov. Mark Dayton appointed her to the state job in January.

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