Rob Saxton is officially the leader of the Oregon Department of Education.
The Oregon Senate voted 25-0 Friday to confirm the appointment of Saxton, a 1978 graduate of Sprague High School, by Gov. John Kitzhaber. Saxton started July 31 on an interim basis.
Saxton will oversee the operation of the state education agency under Rudy Crew, the state's new chief education officer responsible for all levels.
Saxton succeeds Susan Castillo, the last elected superintendent of public instruction, who resigned 18 months into her third term. Castillo resigned June 30 to take a job with a national nonprofit organization.
Saxton's salary is $190,000; Castillo was paid $72,000.
He is not related to Ron Saxton of Portland, chief executive of Jeld-Wen, a manufacturer of doors and windows and the 2006 Republican nominee for governor.
The office had been elected for 140 years, dating back to 1872.