Kenneth Gunn, a career educator from Prince Edward Island, has been appointed interim chief executive officer of the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority, the Department of Education announced today, May 18. Mr. Gunn will lead the organization while a search is conducted to replace the authority’s superintendent, Debbie Pottie, who is retiring on Friday. Mr. Gunn began his career as an educator in 1965 and retired in 2003 as P.E.I.’s senior director of public education. “Ken is a capable and experienced educator. We’re fortunate to have him for this transition period,” said Dennis Cochrane, deputy minister of Education and chair of the authority’s board of directors. “Debbie has made a tremendous contribution and I want to thank her on behalf of the board and the authority’s clients and staff. Replacing Debbie will take time, which is why we wanted someone of Ken’s calibre to fill in.” The Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority is operated by the four Atlantic provinces to provide educational services for students who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. The board of directors announced the slate of officers for the coming year, at the authority’s annual meeting on May 4. They are: chair: Dennis Cochrane vice-chair: John Kershaw, deputy minister of Education for New Brunswick secretary: Brenda Smith, director, student support services division, Department of Education, Newfoundland and Labrador treasurer: Lorna Ansems, special education consultant, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Eastern School District program advisory committee chair: Urban Cannon, parent financial advisory committee chair: Kenneth Moors, executive director, finance division, Nova Scotia Department of Education.