Stefan Pryor

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Stefan Pryor
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Connecticut Commissioner of Education
Former officeholder
In office
September 7, 2011 - January 6, 2015
Base salary$185,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedSeptember 7, 2011
Appointed byGov. Dan Malloy (D)
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sYale University
J.D.Yale University
Office website
Stefan Pryor is the former Connecticut Commissioner of Education. On September 7, 2011, the Connecticut State Board of Education unanimously recommended Pryor to Governor Dan Malloy (D). Immediately following the vote, Malloy made the official appointment.[1] Pryor replaced George Coleman, who had been serving as acting commissioner since January of that year.[2]

Before his appointment, Pryor was the deputy mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

Pryor announced in August 2014 that he would step down as education commissioner when Malloy's term ended in January 2015. The board of education named Dianna Wetzell, the state department of education’s current chief academic officer, to fill the role until a permanent appointment is made.[3][4] Once out of the commissioner's office in Connecticut, Pryor transitioned into a different statewide position, this time for the government of Rhode Island. Recently-elected Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo had selected Pryor to be the state's first commerce secretary.[5]


Pryor previously served as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development in the City of Newark, New Jersey.[6] Pryor also served as the Chairman of Brick City Development Corporation, Newark’s economic development organization, which he helped to found.[6]

Prior to serving as deputy mayor, Pryor served as President of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which was created in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, to plan and help coordinate the physical rebuilding and economic revitalization of lower Manhattan.[6] From 1998-2001, Pryor served as the Vice President for Education at the Partnership for New York City.[6]


  • Yale University, Bachelor’s degree in psychology
  • Yale University, Law degree
  • Yale Teacher Preparation Program[6]

Political career

Connecticut Commissioner of Education (2011-2015)

On September 7, 2011, the State Board of Education unanimously recommended Pryor Governor Dan Malloy, who verified the appointment immediately thereafter.[6] Pryor resigned in August 2014, and left office in January 2015.[4]



Pryor was appointed as Connecticut Commissioner of Education in September 2011.[7]

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Preceded by
Connecticut Commissioner of Education
Succeeded by
Dianna Wetzell