Utah Education Network, the only public TV licensee to receive a federal broadband grant and to join the national US Ignite project to develop broadband apps, has appointed a Utah school superintendent, Ray Timothy, as its c.e.o. and executive director, effective Oct. 1.
Timothy is superintendent of the Park City School District, former super of the rural Millard County district and a former deputy super of the state Office of Education.
He succeeds Mike Petersen, who took a faculty position with Utah State University. Since Petersen left in January, the network's interim chief has been Eric Denna, co-chair of the UEN Board and chief information officer of the Utah System of Higher Education and the University of Utah.
"I have always considered UEN to be one of Utah’s greatest assets," Timothy said. " It has a strong record of excellence. I am looking forward to working with all stakeholders to continue to advance Utah’s educational technology and enhance UEN’s position as one of the nation’s premiere education networks."
The new hire "brings us an ideal mix of proven leadership in education and innovation," said Denna.
UEN operates a broadband network connecting every public school, charter school, college, applied technology college and university in the state, serving more than 750,000 students and more than 61,000 educators and staff, and also operates pubTV station KUEN, sister of KUED at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.