State Superintendent Temporarily Stepping Down to Continue Battling Cancer

State Superintendent Brian Whiston is temporarily stepping down from the position for a long-term disability leave as he continues his battle with cancer.

Whiston made the announcement to the Michigan Board of Education, saying his leave will take effect Friday.

Chief Deputy Superintendent Sheila Alles will take over while he’s gone.

Whiston was diagnosed with cancer late last year and has since been receiving medical treatment while continuing to run the state Education Department.