Conn schools head hires scholarship program leader
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Connecticut Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor has selected the director of a New Haven scholarship program to join his state agency as part of its reorganization.
The New Haven Register reports ( http://bit.ly/ueZZkm) that New Haven Promise director Emily Byrne's last day in her current job is Friday. She's joining Pryor's staff to work with him on legislation, communication, policies and other projects.
New Haven Promise plans to launch a national search for a new director.
That program helps eligible city school graduates attend Connecticut colleges and universities. Yale pays their partial or full tuition, and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven covers the program's administrative costs.
Byrne is credited with playing a major role in developing the program.
Byrne's move to the state was first reported by the New Haven Independent.