Governor Matt Mead signed a bill Tuesday that transfers most of the duties of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to an appointed director.The Governor said the debate on the bill has been tough on everyone and the decision to sign the bill was not easy for him.

It was a very tough decision for me, and put a lot of soul searching and thought into it. And I don't think anybody views this as a celebration, but we view it as a duty that we must move forward on for the kids in Wyoming.

Governor Mead has selected Dr. James O. Rose to be the Interim Director of the Wyoming Department of Education. Dr. Rose's Ph.D. is in Education from the University of Wyoming. He is currently the Executive Director of the Wyoming Community College Commission. The process of selecting a permanent director requires the Wyoming State Board of Education to provide three names to the Governor. The Governor selects from those names and appoints a director by December 1, 2013. That appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. Immediately after the signing, Superintendent Cindy Hill served the governor with a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law.