Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $3,096,126,000
Term limits:  8 years
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Article VI, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Joy Hofmeister.jpg
Name:  Joy Hofmeister
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 12, 2015
Compensation:  $124,373
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction is an elected executive position in the Oklahoma state government. The superintendent is the chief education officer of the state, and is responsible for giving advice and making recommendations to the State Board of Education regarding the public school system and the State Department of Education.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Republican Joy Hofmeister. She was first elected in 2014 and assumed office on January 12, 2015.[1]


The office of the Oklahoma Superintendent is established in Article VI, Section 1 of the Oklahoma Constitution.

Article VI, Section 1:

A. The Executive authority of the state shall be vested in a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor and Inspector, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commissioner of Labor, Commissioner of Insurance and other officers provided by law and this Constitution, each of whom shall keep his office and public records, books and papers at the seat of government, and shall perform such duties as may be designated in this Constitution or prescribed by law.

B. The Secretary of State shall be appointed by the Governor by and with the consent of the Senate for a term of four (4) years to run concurrently with the term of the Governor.


Article VI, Section 3 of the Oklahoma Constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:

No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor and Inspector, Attorney General, State Treasurer or Superintendent of Public Instruction except a citizen of the United States of the age of not less than thirty-one (31) years and who shall have been ten (10) years next preceding his or her election, or appointment, a qualified elector of this state.
  • a citizen of the United States.
  • at least 31 years old.
  • a qualified elector of Oklahoma for the 10 preceding years.


Oklahoma state government organizational chart

The Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction is elected in mid-term elections. The position is elected in 2018, 2022 and 2026.

On March 14, 2011, the Oklahoma State Senate approved a bill that would give the governor the power to appoint seven of the 11 statewide elected officials, including the superintendent. Voters would have decided whether to approve the measure, but it did not make the ballot.[2]

Term limits

No person may serve as the Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction for more than eight years, excluding years served for less than a full term to fill a vacancy in the office.[3]

Full history


See also: Oklahoma down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Republican Joy Hofmeister won the election on November 4, 2014.

Oklahoma Superintendent, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoy Hofmeister Incumbent 55.8% 457,053
     Democratic John Cox 44.2% 361,878
Total Votes 818,931
Election Results via Oklahoma State Election Board.


Under Article 6, Section 13 of the state Constitution, in the event of a vacancy in the office the governor appoints a person to serve until a successor is either elected or appointed and qualified by law.


Under Oklahoma statutes, the superintendent of public instruction "is responsible for giving advice and making recommendations to the State Board of Education on all matters pertaining to the policies and administration of the State Department of Education and the public school system."[4] These duties include, but are not limited to:

  • the general administration, coordination, supervision, promotion, evaluation, and improvement of educational programs
  • interpreting and implementing the policies of the State Board of Education
  • coordinating all divisions and supervising employees
  • administering oaths and performing other duties pertinent to the public school system
  • advising district superintendents of schools on questions as to the powers, duties, and functions of the school district officials[4]

The superintendent also has a number of non-statutory duties:

  • advising and counseling legislators, patrons, and local school board members regarding educational matters
  • speaking at workshops, community events, and commencements in all parts of the state
  • attending local, state, and national educational meetings and conferences representing the state as its chief state school officer
  • conferring with representatives of the U.S. Department of Education[4]

The superintendent serves on the following boards and commissions:

  • State Board of Education, President
  • State Board of Career and Technology Education, Chair
  • Board of Regents for Oklahoma Colleges, Member
  • State Textbook Committee, Secretary
  • Teachers' Retirement System, Board of Trustees
  • Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, Board Member
  • Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools, Member
  • State Board of Equalization, Member
  • Commissioners of the Land Office, Member


  • Administrative Services
  • Accreditation/Standards Services
  • Federal Fiscal Services
  • Financial Services
  • Teacher Certification
  • School Improvement Services
  • Office of Standards and Curriculum
  • Office of Innovation, Support, and Alternative Education
  • Office of Accountability and Assessments
  • Special Education Services

State budget

See also: Oklahoma state budget and finances

The budget for the Department of Education in Fiscal Year 2012 was $3,096,126,000.[5]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Title 74, Chapter 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes

Title 74, Chapter 10, Section 250.4 (§74‑250.4) of the Oklahoma Statutes sets the superintendent's annual salary equal to that of a district judge.[6][7] The amount of compensation is prescribed by law, pursuant to Article VI, Section 34 of the Oklahoma Constitution:

Each of the officers in this article named shall, at stated times, during his continuance in office, receive for his services a compensation, which shall not be increased or diminished during the term for which he shall have been elected; nor shall he receive to his use, any fees, cost, or perquisites of office or other compensation.


In 2014, the superintendent was paid an estimated $124,373, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]


In 2013, the superintendent was paid an estimated $124,373, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]


In 2010, the superintendent was paid an estimated $124,373, according to the Council of State Governments.[10]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

State Department of Education
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599

Phone: (405) 521-3301
Fax: (405) 521-6205
E-mail: Superintendent Barresi

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