Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $2,892,200
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Determined by the Michigan State Board of Education
Authority:  Michigan Constitution, Article VIII, Section 3
Selection Method:  Appointed by the Michigan State Board of Education
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Mike Flanagan
Assumed office:  May 18, 2005
Compensation:  $183,945
Other Michigan Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSuperintendent of Public InstructionDirector of Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources DirectorLabor DirectorPublic Service Commission
The Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction is an state executive position in the Michigan state government. The superintendent is appointed by the state board of education and serves as chairman of the board.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Michael Flanagan. He was appointed by the State Board of Education on May 18, 2005.[1]

Authority

The state Constitution addresses the office of the superintendent in Article VIII, Section 3.

Under Article VII, Section 3:

The state board of education shall appoint a superintendent of public instruction whose term of office shall be determined by the board...

Qualifications

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Appointments

Michigan state government organizational chart

As established in Article VIII, Section 3 of the Michigan Constitution, the Superintendent of Public Instruction is appointed by the State Board of Education.

Vacancies

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Duties

Duties of the superintendent include:[1]

  • Directing the Michigan Department of Education
  • Serving as chair of the State Board of Education
  • Advising the State Board of Education, governor, and state legislature regarding public education in the state

Divisions

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State budget

The State Board of Education and the Office of the Superintendent's budget for the 2013 fiscal year was $2,892,200. The budget for the entire Department of Education was $298,366,000.[2]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

In 2013, the superintendent was paid an estimated $189,515.[3]

2012

In 2012, the Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction was paid an estimated $183,945 according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

There have been 42 Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction since 1836.[4]

List of Former Officeholders from 1836-Present
# Name Tenure
1 John D Pierce 1836-1841
2 Franklin Sawyer, Jr 1841-1843
3 Oliver C Comstock 1843-1845
4 Ira Mayhew 1845-1849
5 Francis W Shearman 1849-1854
6 Ira Mayhew 1855-1858
7 John M Gregory 1859-1864
8 Oramel Hosford 1865-1872
9 Daniel B Briggs 1873-1876
10 Horace S Tarbell 1877-1878
11 Cornelius A Gower 1878-1881
12 Varnum B Cochran 1881-1883
13 Herschel R Gass 1883-1885
14 Theodore Nelson 1885-1886
15 Joseph Estabrook 1887-1890
16 Ferris S Fitch 1891-1892
17 Henry R Pattengill 1893-1896
18 Jason E Hammond 1897-1900
19 Delos Fall 1901-1904
20 Patrick H Kelley 1905-1906
21 Luther L Wright 1907-1913
22 Fred L Keeler 1913-1919
23 Thomas E Johnson 1919-1926
24 Wilford L Coffey 1926-1927
25 Webster H Pearce 1927-1933
26 Paul F Voelker 1933-1935
27 Maurice R Keyworth (died before taking office)
28 Eugene B Elliott 1935-1948
29 Lee M Thurston 1948-1953
30 Clair L Taylor 1953-1957
31 Lynn M Bartlett 1957-1965
32 Alexander J Kloster (acting) 1965-1966
33 Ira Polley 1966-1969
34 John W Porter 1969-1979
35 Eugene T Paslov (interim) 1979-1980
36 Phillip E Runkel 1980-1987
37 Gary D Hawks (interim) 1987-1988
38 Donald L Bemis 1988-1991
39 Gary D Hawks (interim) 1991-1990
40 Robert E Schiller 1991-1995
41 Arthur E Ellis 1995-2001
42 Thomas D Watkins, Jr. 2001-2005
43 Michael Flanagan 2005-

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Contact information

Michigan Department of Education
608 W. Allegan Street
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: 517-373-3324

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