LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An associate commissioner with the Kentucky Department of Education will serve as interim education chief while the state board continues to search to replace retiring commissioner Terry Holliday.

Kevin Brown, who oversees the Office of Guiding and Support Services and serves as general counsel of the Kentucky Department of Education, will start his interim role on Sept. 1, the day after the retirement of current education commissioner Terry Holliday.

Brown will earn the equivalent of a $150,000 salary while he serves as interim commissioner, the state board of education decided Wednesday.

The state board is scheduled to start interviewing candidates for the top education job Aug 14-15 in Louisville, but it is not clear how that process will work, if the candidates will be named or if the interviews will be open to the public.

When Holliday was named commissioner in 2009, the state board of education released the names of the finalists prior to the interviews. 

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Florida-based search firm Greenwood-Asher and Associates is leading the candidate search effort.

Brown has been employed with the Kentucky Department of Education since 2004. Prior to that, he was an assistant attorney general from 2001 through 2004 under former Kentucky Attorney General, A.B. Chandler, III.

He earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Transylvania University in 1997 where he was a William T. Young Scholar.  In 2001, Kevin received his law degree from the University of Kentucky.

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