Neb. Education Commissioner Blomstedt says farewell

After serving nearly nine years as the Nebraska Commissioner of Education, Dr. Matt Blomstedt will officially step down from his post on Jan. 3.

During his public service he has worked to meet the needs and challenges of schools, educators and students. Blomstedt served the state through an unprecedented pandemic and worked collaboratively with NSEA to answer member’s pandemic-related questions in a series of Facebook Live events in 2020.

"Nebraska was fortunate to have Matt guiding the education community during the COVID-19 pandemic," said NSEA President Jenni Benson. "His calm, steady leadership helped our schools navigate the many challenges presented by the pandemic."

As Commissioner, Blomstedt actively sought and uplifted the voice the Nebraska educators with the creation of an Advisory Panel of Teachers to assist him in gaining insight into and understanding of the issues that affect educators, their students, classrooms and schools.

For his work with educators, Blomstedt was recognized with the Association’s highest honor, the NSEA Friend of Education Award.

Blomstedt has announced that he will join a national education consulting group to work on federal education policy. In December, leaders in education and others thanked Blomstedt for his work and dedication to education and the state with a farewell reception held at the SAC Museum in Ashland.

The effort to find Blomstedt's successor is already underway. The State Board of Education has selected the Omaha-based consulting firm of McPherson & Jacobson to head up the search for Nebraska’s next commissioner of education.