Iowa Director of Education

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Iowa Director of Education
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
Current Officeholder
Name:  Duane Magee
Assumed office:  June 24, 2013
Compensation:  $140,000
Other Iowa Executive Offices
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The Iowa Director of Education is a state executive position in the Iowa state government.

The department was created by the 35th General Assembly in 1913 and was originally called the Department of Public Instruction. The current name was adopted in 1986.

Current officeholder

The current interim officeholder is Duane Magee.[1] Governor Terry Branstad appointed Magee, the executive director of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners since July 2013, to serve as a temporary replacement for resigned director Jason Glass while they search for someone to officially take over the position.[2] Glass' term was not set to expire until 2015, but he left office early in order to become superintendent of the Eagle County School District.[3][4]


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The director is appointed by the Governor for a four-year term and is subject to confirmation by the Iowa State Senate.


The director is responsible for providing leadership for the Department of Education. The director also serves as the executive officer of the State Board of Education.

The vision and mission statements of the Department of Education are as follows:[5]

Vision: Iowa students will become productive citizens in a democratic society, and successful participants in a global community.

Mission: Champion excellence for all Iowa students through leadership and service.


The Department of Education is divided into three main units:[6]

  • Community Colleges
  • PK-12 Education
  • School Support & Information
Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Iowa Department of Education Organizational Chart as of March 18, 2013.


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2012, the director of education was paid an estimated $140,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

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Contact information

Mailing address:
Iowa Department of Education
400 E 14th St
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146

Phone: 515-281-5294
Fax: 515-242-598

See also

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