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Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Indiana Constitution, Article 8, Section 8
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Glenda Ritz.jpg
Name:  Glenda Ritz
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 14, 2013
Compensation:  $87,790
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
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The Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction is an elected state executive position in the Indiana state government.

The Superintendent is the director of the state Department of Education and serves on the state board of education.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Glenda Ritz (D). Ritz assumed office on January 14, 2013.

Previously officeholder Tony Bennett (R) was elected in 2008, and ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 2012. He was succeeded by Ritz (D) on January 14, 2013.


The state Constitution addresses the office of the superintendent of public instruction in Article 8.

Under Article 8, Section 8:

There shall be a State Superintendent of Public Instruction, whose method of selection, tenure, duties and compensation shall be prescribed by law.


3-8-1-10.5 of the Indiana Code lists the following qualification for state superintendent of public instruction:[1]

  • Reside in Indiana for at least two years prior to the election.


Indiana elects superintendent of public instruction in the Presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For Indiana 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 are all superintendent of public instruction election years. The four-year term begins on the second Monday in January following the election.[2]


See also: Indiana down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Incumbent Tony Bennett (R) lost his bid for re-election to Glenda Ritz (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGlenda Ritz 52.8% 1,332,755
     Republican Tony Bennett Incumbent 47.2% 1,190,716
Total Votes 2,523,471
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.


The Office of the State Superintendent includes the following six divisions:[3]

  • Office of Accounting
  • Office of Communications
  • Office of Human Resources
  • Office of Legal Affairs
  • Office of School Data Reporting
  • Office of School Financial Management


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction was paid an estimated $87,790. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

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Contact information

Indiana Department of Education
151 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone: 317.232.6610
Fax: 317.232.8004

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