Anne Holton steps down as secretary of education
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday that Anne Holton has stepped down as secretary of education following the selection of her husband, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate.
The resignation was effective July 25. McAuliffe has appointed Deputy Secretary of Education Dietra Trent to serve as Virginia’s new secretary of education, effective immediately.
“I wish Anne the very best, and I know she will take her passion for education to the national stage and continue to make the commonwealth proud,” the governor said in a statement.
Trent has served as the deputy secretary of education since 2014. She also served as deputy secretary of education for Kaine when he was governor and as director of constituent services and director of the council on human rights under then-governor and current Sen. Mark Warner.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice from Hampton University, and completed her master’s and doctoral degrees in public administration and policy from Virginia Commonwealth University.