RICHMOND, Va. — A former policy adviser to Barack Obama will be the next superintendent of Richmond Public Schools.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the city’s school board voted unanimously Monday night to hire 43-year-old Jason Kamras.

Kamras is a former recipient of the National Teacher of the Year award and was an education policy adviser to Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign.

He currently serves as the transitional chief of the office of equity for District of Columbia Public Schools.

Kamras is expected to take over Feb. 1. His contract runs through June 30, 2021.

Since July, Richmond’s school system has been led by former Chief Operating Officer Tommy Kranz. Kranz took over after the board and the previous superintendent, Dana T. Bedden, mutually decided to part ways in April.

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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