CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The State Board of Education hopes to have its search for Wyoming Department of Education director candidates completed by early June.

The board is tasked with coming up with three names for Gov. Matt Mead, who will appoint the new director.

Applications for the position will be accepted until May 15.

The director position was created by the Legislature this winter. The governor has appointed a temporary director and has until December to appoint a permanent director.

State board coordinator Paige Fenton Hughes tells the Association Press that the board will seek comment from educators and citizens during the process.

Public meetings on April 18 and April 19 are planned.

The names of the three director candidates will be made public.