RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's top education official is stepping down in November to take a lobbying job for the University of Virginia.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Education Secretary Laura Fornash will start in November as executive assistant to the president for state governmental relations.
She currently oversees the university in her role as education secretary. While the school is independently governed, she provides guidance and her boss, Gov. Bob McDonnell, appoints members of the board.
Fornash is a former lobbyist for Virginia Tech.
Fornash says once it became apparent she was in the running for the University of Virginia job, she handed off duties involving the school to a deputy secretary.
Under state law, Fornash will be prohibited from lobbying the governor's office for a year, though she may lobby legislators.
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