New York Commissioner of Education
|New York Commissioner of Education|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Length of term:||Serves at the pleasure of the Regents of the University of the State of New York|
|Authority:||New York Constitution, Article V, Section 4|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the Regents of the University of the State of New York|
|Name:||John King (New York)|
|Assumed office:||June 15, 2011|
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The Commissioner serves as chief administrative officer of the Department of Education and is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Regents of the University of the State of New York.
The current officeholder is John King. He has served in this position since June 2011.
Under Article V, Section 4:
The head of the department of education shall be The Regents of the University of the State of New York, who shall appoint and at pleasure remove a commissioner of education to be the chief administrative officer of the department...
There are no specific qualifications for the office. 
The Commissioner of Education is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, The Regents of the University of the State of New York.
The main duties of the commissioner, as outlined in the NY Code, include the following:
- Serve as chief executive officer of the state system of education and of the Board of Regents
- Enforce all general and special laws relating to the educational system of the state
- Execute all educational policies determined upon by the Board of Regents
- Have general supervision over all schools and institutions of the state
- Serve as ex officio a trustee of Cornell university
- Responsible for the safe keeping and proper use of the department and university seal and of the books, records and other property in charge of the regents, and for the proper administration and discipline of the various officers and divisions of the education department
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234