Former ABC head Mark Scott has resurfaced as the new secretary at the Department of Education.
His new role was announced by NSW Premier Mike Baird.
— Mike Baird (@mikebairdMP) June 2, 2016
“Mark’s appointment takes our reinvigoration of the senior executive of the NSW public service a step further,” said Baird in a statement.
“Along with promoting outstanding young talent from within the service, we have sought out the best and brightest from the corporate world. Like Rob Whitfield, who took the reins at Treasury last year, Mark is ready, willing and able to bring the fruits of his immense experience to the benefit of the entire NSW community.”
Scott announced his resignation from the ABC in September 2015, which signaled the end of two five-year contracts with the public broadcaster. Ex-Google staffer Michelle Guthrie took over Scott’s position after much speculation who would be given the reins.
On his new appointment, Scott said: “On leaving the ABC, I was asked what I planned to do next. I can think of no more important opportunity than working alongside the teachers of NSW and the staff of the Department to improve teaching and learning in our schools.”
Education Minister Adrian Piccoli added: “I look forward to working with Mark to continue delivering the most comprehensive set of reforms of school education in a century. Our focus remains on improving student results and delivering the skills base needed to grow the NSW economy.”