Delaware Secretary of Education

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Delaware Secretary of Education
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $35,760,000
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves at the pleasure of the governor
Authority:  Delaware Code, 14-1-102
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
Current Officeholder

Mark Murphy.jpg
Name:  Mark Murphy
Assumed office:  June 1, 2012
Compensation:  $158,599
Other Delaware Executive Offices
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The Delaware Secretary of Education is a state executive position in the Delaware state government. The secretary is the administrative head of the Delaware Department of Education, which oversees the state's public school system.

Current officeholder

The current secretary is Mark Murphy. He was appointed by Gov. Jack Markell (D) in April 2012 and sworn in June 1, 2012.[1]


The office of secretary is established by state law.[2]

Delaware Code, 14-1-102

(a) The administrator and head of the Department shall be the Secretary of Education...


The secretary must have five years of cumulative experience in teaching and administration. Additionally, he must become a "bona fide resident" of the state within 6 months of appointment.[2]

Delaware Code, 14-1-102

The administrator and head of the Department shall be the Secretary of Education, who shall be a graduate of an accredited college and shall have not less than 5 years' experience in teaching and administration, with experience in each such category.

Delaware Code, 14-1-103

The Secretary of Education shall become a bona fide resident of the State within 6 months after the Secretary's appointment; provided, however, that upon good cause shown, the Governor may grant an additional extension of 6 months.


The secretary is appointed by the Governor of Delaware and confirmed by a majority vote of the Senate. He serves at the pleasure of the governor.

Term limits

There are no term limits associated with the office of secretary of education.


In case of a vacancy, the governor appoints either the deputy secretary or associate secretary as acting secretary until he selects a new permanent officeholder.[3] The acting secretary has all the powers and duties of a permanent secretary.


The secretary is the administrative head of the Delaware Department of Education, and is responsible for implementing the policies and regulations made by the state Board of Education. State law empowers the secretary to appoint and fix the salary of his subordinates, establish and change the department's subdivisions, and perform other administrative duties.

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Delaware Department of Education Organizational Chart as of January 1, 2013.


  • Teaching & Learning
  • Financial Reform & Resource Management
  • College & Workforce Readiness
  • Delivery Unit
  • Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Unit
  • School Turnaround Unit

State budget

The budget for the Department of Education in the Fiscal Year 2013 was $35,760,000.[4]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2012, the secretary of education was paid an estimated $158,599. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the secretary received compensation in the amount of $151,565.[5] The secretary's wages are determined by law.

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Contact info


John G. Townsend Building
401 Federal St.
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4000
Fax:: (302) 739-4654

See also

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