Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed has announced his plans to retire from public service beginning June 30.
Breed said he decided it was time to retire because he wants to spend more time with his family.
Breed read his letter of resignation to the State Board of Education, saying it has been his "highest professional honor to serve as commissioner."
As commissioner, Breed oversees the Nebraska Department of Education and works with the Nebraska Legislature and other parties to set statewide education policies.
Breed has served in this position since October 2008. He led the implementation of statewide reading, mathematics and science tests; established a new state accountability system; and worked with the Nebraska court system to address excessive absenteeism in public schools to improve attendance and student achievement.
State Board of Education President Pat Timm said Breed's longtime leadership on behalf of Nebraska students would be greatly missed.
"Roger has been a strong leader and advocate for the education of all Nebraska students," said Timm. "Our students and their schools have benefited from his leadership and his focus on student achievement, learning standards and student attendance."
Timm has appointed a search committee to fill the position. The committee is comprised of State Board of Education Vice President Mark Quandahl, of Omaha; Lynn Cronk, of Grand Island; and Rebecca Valdez, of Omaha. The committee will announce in April how it plans to proceed with the search.