SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has named a new education advisor. Kitzhaber tapped fellow Democrat Ben Cannon, a state representative from Portland. But it doesn't mean Cannon is in line to become the next Oregon school superintendent.

It's nothing new for a governor to have an education advisor. But this is the first one to be appointed since Oregon lawmakers acted to do away with the elected statewide office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

That bill doesn't take effect until current superintendent Susan Castillo's term ends in 2015, or earlier if she steps down.

At that point the governor will become the Oregon school superintendent, and will appoint a deputy to carry out the governor's education agenda.

Ben Cannon is a private school teacher in his third term in the Oregon House. Could this new role give him the inside track to eventually become the top education bureaucrat?

A spokeswoman for Kitzhaber says not necessarily. Christine Miles says the governor will conduct a nationwide search when it comes time to appoint a statewide Deputy Superintendent.

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