State board appoints Deena Bishop as education commissioner

Former Matanuska-Susitna Valley and Anchorage public schools superintendent Deena Bishop has been appointed by the Alaska Board of Education and Early Development as the state’s new commissioner of education. 

Gov. Mike Dunleavy approved the appointment on July 27, saying Bishop was “eminently qualified.” 

The appointment is effective on Aug. 9 

Bishop has worked in public education in Alaska for three decades, most recently as superintendent of Anchorage School District from 2016 to 2022, and before that as a principal in and then superintendent of the Mat-Su Borough School District. 

She has also served on the University of Alaska Board of Regents. 

Bishop holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a doctorate in education from the University of Oregon.