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Colt Gill was appointed by Governor Brown as Oregon’s first Education Innovation Officer. In this position he focuses on improving graduation outcomes by working with local communities, school districts, researchers, students, and other stakeholders to identify effective practices across the P-20 continuum and make recommendations to the Governor, state agencies, and the Legislature regarding policies, budget priorities and supports needed to increase the number of students who graduate prepared for their next steps in the work place or college. He has been an Oregon educator for 27 years. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon and has served on a number of boards and commissions for the both the State of Oregon and various education and children’s health and wellness institutions. Prior to accepting the appointment as Education Innovation Officer, Colt was the Superintendent of Bethel School District.