Pam Stewart

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Pam Stewart
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Florida Commissioner of Education
In office
September 2013-present
Years in position 2
Base salary$275,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedAugust 1, 2013
Appointed byFlorida Board of Education
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Florida
Master'sUniversity of Central Florida
Office website
Pam Stewart is the current Florida Commissioner of Education. She was appointed to replace former Commissioner Tony Bennett following his resignation on August 1, 2013.[1] This is the second time Stewart was tapped to fill the commissioner's seat, having previously served a short term as interim commissioner from September 1, 2012 to January 14, 2013.[2]


Stewart began her career as a teacher in 1975, including working as an elementary school teacher in Ward-Highlands. From there she went on to become a guidance counselor, district teaching specialist, assistant principal, and principal. From 2004-2009 Stewart served as Deputy Chancellor for Educator Quality at the Florida Department of Education. She then became Deputy Superintendent for Academic Services for the St. Johns County School District. In 2011, she returned to the state Department of Education to become Chancellor of Public Schools.[2]


  • BA, elementary education/early childhood, University of South Florida
  • Master of Education, counselor education, University of Central Florida
  • Postgraduate coursework at Stetson University, certification in educational leadership

Political career

Florida Commissioner of Education (2012-2013, 2013-present)

Steward served as interim Florida Commissioner of Education from September 1, 2012 to January 14, 2013. She was replaced by Tony Bennett, the former Republican Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction.[3] Bennett subsequently resigned his post, effective August 1, 2013, and Stewart was reinstated as interim commissioner for an indefinite period beginning September 1, 2013. The Florida Board of Education removed the interim tag from Stewart on September 17, 2013.[4]


2012, 2013

Stewart was appointed as interim Florida Commissioner of Education by the state Board of Education on August 2, 2012, following the resignation of Gerard Robinson. Robinson stepped down after serving in the position for a little over a year.[5] On August 1, 2013, Steawart was reappointed to the position following the abrupt resignation of Robinson's successor, Tony Bennett.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Bennett
Florida Commissioner of Education
September 2013 - present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gerard Robinson
Interim Florida Commissioner of Education
September 2012–January 2013
Succeeded by
Tony Bennett