Courier special report

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday, July 1 that Madison resident Katie Jenner will serve as his senior education adviser as Lee Ann Kwiatkowski departs to become the director of public education and chief executive officer of Muncie Community Schools.

“As a dedicated educator, Katie has an incredible passion for Hoosier students, teachers and families that will be instrumental in her statewide guidance as well as the remarkable breadth and depth her career in education has thus far covered,” Holcomb said.

Jenner started in K-12 public education in 2005 as a Career and Technical Education teacher in Kentucky. From 2009 to 2018, she worked for Madison Consolidated Schools as an assistant principal and then assistant superintendent. Since then, she has served as vice president of K-12 Initiatives and Statewide Partnerships for Ivy Tech Community College, leading statewide college strategies toward partnerships between K-12, Career Centers, and Ivy Tech. Jenner also serves on the Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission.

According to Rachel Hoffman, the Governor’s press secretary, Jenner’s new duties will begin Aug. 1 and she will work in the Governor’s Office within the Indiana Statehouse.

Hoffman said the direction and scope of Jenner’s responsibilities, as well as the exact projects she will target, are “still a work in progress” as Jenner and Kwiatkowski work out their transition in that office.

Jenner is married to Joe Jenner, a Madison attorney, and is the mother of twin daughters.