The Senate on Thursday confirmed two officials with previous federal experience to oversee federal offices with programs affecting community colleges.
Bob King is now the Education Department’s (ED) assistant secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education, and John Pallasch is assistant secretary for the Employment and Training Administration at the Department of Labor (DOL).
King began working at ED last year as a senior adviser. Before that, he was president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Previously, King was president and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation — a statewide charitable foundation with a strong focus on education, economic development and scientific research — and chancellor of the State University of New York system, one of the largest comprehensive systems of universities, colleges and community colleges in the U.S.
King also worked as a district attorney in San Luis Obispo, California, and Rochester, New York, before serving three terms in the New York State Legislature. In addition, he served in the New York governor’s office as budget director and director of the Office of Regulatory Reform.
King was appointed by President George W. Bush to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, where he served for nine years.