By CAROLYN THOMPSON
Former U.S. Education Secretary John King Jr. has been named chancellor of the State University of New York, the nation’s largest university system. The appointment announced Monday marks a return to New York for King, who was once the state’s education commissioner. King is scheduled to begin in January at a salary of a $750,000. King served as President Barack Obama’s education secretary in the last year of his presidency. He ran for governor of Maryland earlier this year, losing in the Democratic primary. As New York’s first Black and Puerto Rican education commissioner, King was at the helm during the contentious rollout of the Common Core academic standards.