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The Superintendent of Schools, also known as the Superintendent of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction, or Chief School Administrator, is a statewide office responsible for overseeing and coordinating the state's elementary and secondary schools.

Within the U.S., school superintendents are usually selected by members of the particular district's school board. Often, the superintendent sits on the board as a non-voting member. School boards may consist of either appointed or elected members. Likewise, the superintendent's position also varies by state.

Some states may require a candidate for the superintendency to hold a Ph.D., Ed.D., or similar terminal degree. An active teaching certification is also a common requirement.

An appointed superintendent may have a set term and thus be subject to reappointment. In addition to this, appointed superintendents serve at the pleasure of the appointing body or official and may be fired or asked to resign. For instance, in August of 2010, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie dismissed the state's Commissioner of Education.[1]

Quick facts about Superintendents of Schools
  • Elected in 13 states; appointed in 37
  • In 2010, the position came with an average salary of $157,452, making it the highest paid state executive office on average

Current officeholders

List of Current Superintendents of Schools

List of All United States Superintendent of Schools by State
Political positionOfficerAssumed officePolitical Party
Iowa Department of Education Director
Brad Buck
August 30, 2013
Nonpartisan
Utah Superintendent of Public Instruction
Brad C. Smith
2014
Nonpartisan
Kansas Commissioner of Education
Brad Neuenswander
2014
Nonpartisan
Minnesota Commissioner of Education
Brenda Cassellius
2010
Nonpartisan
Tennessee Commissioner of Education
Candice McQueen
2015
Nonpartisan
Mississippi Superintendent of Education
Carey M. Wright
2013
Nonpartisan
Illinois Superintendent of Education
Christopher Koch
2006
Nonpartisan
Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dale Erquiaga
2013
Nonpartisan
New Jersey Commissioner of Education
David Hespe
2014
Nonpartisan
Rhode Island Commissioner of Education
Deborah Gist
2009
Nonpartisan
Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction
Denise Juneau
2008
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Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
Diane Douglas
2015
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Connecticut Commissioner of Education
Dianna Wetzell
2015
Nonpartisan
New York Commissioner of Education
Elizabeth Berlin
2015
Nonpartisan
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction
Glenda Ritz
2013
Electiondot.png Democratic
New Mexico Secretary of Education
Hanna Skandera
2010
Nonpartisan
Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jillian Balow
2015
Ends.png Republican
Louisiana Superintendent of Education
John White
2012
Nonpartisan
Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction
Joy Hofmeister
2015
Ends.png Republican
North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction
June Atkinson
2005
Electiondot.png Democratic
Hawaii Superintendent of Education
Kathryn Matayoshi
2010
Nonpartisan
North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction
Kirsten Baesler
2013
Nonpartisan
Maryland Superintendent of Schools
Lillian Lowery
2012
Nonpartisan
Missouri Commissioner of Education
Margie Vandeven
2015
Nonpartisan
Delaware Secretary of Education
Mark Murphy
2012
Nonpartisan
Massachusetts Secretary of Education
Matt Malone
2013
Nonpartisan
Nebraska Commissioner of Education
Matthew Blomstedt
2013
Nonpartisan
South Dakota Secretary of Education
Melody Schopp
2011
Nonpartisan
Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction
Mike Flanagan
2005
Nonpartisan
Alaska Commissioner of Education
Michael Hanley
2011
Nonpartisan
West Virginia Superintendent of Schools
Michael J. Martirano
2014
Nonpartisan
Texas Commissioner of Education
Michael Williams
2012
Nonpartisan
South Carolina Superintendent of Education
Molly Mitchell Spearman
2015
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Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction
Randy Dorn
2009
Nonpartisan
Vermont Secretary of Education
Rebecca Holcombe
2014
Nonpartisan
Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction
Richard Ross
2013
Nonpartisan
Georgia State Superintendent of Schools
Richard Woods
2015
Ends.png Republican
Deputy Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction
Rob Saxton
2012
Nonpartisan
Colorado Commissioner of Education
Robert Hammond
2011
Nonpartisan
Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction
Sherri Ybarra
2015
Ends.png Republican
Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction
Steven R. Staples
2014
Nonpartisan
Kentucky Commissioner of Education
Terry Holliday
2009
Nonpartisan
Maine Commissioner of Education
Tom Desjardin
2014
Nonpartisan
California Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tom Torlakson
2011
Nonpartisan
Alabama Superintendent of Education
Tommy Bice
2011
Nonpartisan
Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tony Evers
2009
Nonpartisan
Arkansas Commissioner of Education
Tony Wood
2014
Nonpartisan
New Hampshire Commissioner of Education
Virginia Barry
2009
Nonpartisan


Elected vs. appointed

While the vast majority of the states that do have the statewide governmental position authorize the governor to appoint an individual to the office, there are at least 13 others who have opted to have public voters select the officeholders. These states include Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin and, until 2013, Wyoming*.

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*A new law signed on January 29, 2013 replaced the elected Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction as head of the state Department of Education with a director appointed by the governor. Superintendent Cindy Hill filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the measure. The position of superintendent remains but is no longer head of the DOE.[2] Click here to view the full text of the Senate bill.

Elections

2015

No superintendent elections are scheduled during the 2015 cycle.

2014

See also: State executive official elections, 2014

Seven states held regularly scheduled superintendent elections in the 2014 electoral cycle:

2013

Wisconsin was the only state with a scheduled superintendent election in the 2013 electoral cycle. Incumbent superintendent Tony Evers ran for and won re-election to the nonpartisan post. He defeated one challenger, Republican state Rep. Don Pridemore, in the general election on April 2, 2013, earning approximately 61 percent of the vote.

2012

Four states held scheduled superintendent elections in the 2012 electoral cycle: Indiana, Montana, North Carolina and Washington.

In Indiana, incumbent Tony Bennett (R) was defeated by challenger Glenda Ritz (D) in the general election. In the other three races, incumbents won re-election on November 6, 2012.

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