ALBANY (AP) -- Interim New York Education Commissioner Betty Rosa was given the job permanently Monday in a unanimous vote by the policy-setting Board of Regents. Rosa has been interim commissioner since August 2020. The state's Education Department has been without a permanent chief since MaryEllen Elia stepped down in August 2019. She is the first Latina woman to serve in the position. The commissioner oversees more than 700 school districts with 2.6 million students, as well as 7,000 libraries, 900 museums and more than 50 licensed professions. "Our state, our nation and the world are at a crossroads," she said during a video meeting. "We must rebuild in new ways and on many levels. I submit that investing in education is foundational to our recovery and the future of our state and nation." Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown credited Rosa with providing stability to the Education Department during the pandemic and said she emerged as the most qualified candidate to permanently lead.