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The Superintendent of Schools, also known as the Superintendent of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction, or Chief School Administrator, is a statewide office responsible for overseeing and coordinating the state's elementary and secondary schools.

Within the U.S., school superintendents are usually selected by members of the particular district's school board. Often, the superintendent sits on the board as a non-voting member. School boards may consist of either appointed or elected members. Likewise, the superintendent's position also varies by state.

Some states may require a candidate for the superintendency to hold a Ph.D., Ed.D., or similar terminal degree. An active teaching certification is also a common requirement.

An appointed superintendent may have a set term and thus be subject to reappointment. In addition to this, appointed superintendents serve at the pleasure of the appointing body or official and may be fired or asked to resign. For instance, in August of 2010, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie dismissed the state's Commissioner of Education.[1]

Quick facts about Superintendents of Schools
  • Elected in 13 states; appointed in 37
  • In the 13 states where the position in an elected position, three are Democrats, eight are Republicans, and two are nonpartisan (Oregon and North Dakota)
  • In 2010 the position came with an average salary of $157,452, making it the highest paid state executive office on average

Officeholders

List of Current Superintendents of Schools

List of All United States Superintendent of Schools by State
Political positionOfficerAssumed officePolitical Party
Iowa Department of Education Director
Brad Buck
August 30, 2013
Non-partisan
Kansas Commissioner of Education
Brad Neuenswander
2014
Non-partisan
Minnesota Commissioner of Education
Brenda Cassellius
2010
Non-partisan
Mississippi Superintendent of Education
Carey M. Wright
2013
Non-partisan
Pennsylvania Secretary of Education
Carolyn Dumaresqu
2013
Non-partisan
Missouri Commissioner of Education
Chris Nicastro
2009
Non-partisan
New Jersey Commissioner of Education
Christopher Cerf
2011
Non-partisan
Illinois Superintendent of Education
Christopher Koch
2006
Non-partisan
Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction
Cindy Hill
2011
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Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dale Erquiaga
2013
Non-partisan
New Jersey Commissioner of Education
David Hespe
2014
Non-partisan
Rhode Island Commissioner of Education
Deborah Gist
2009
Non-partisan
Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction
Denise Juneau
2008
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Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction
Glenda Ritz
2013
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New Mexico Secretary of Education
Hanna Skandera
2010
Non-partisan
West Virginia Superintendent of Schools
James Phares
2013
Non-partisan
Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction
Janet Barresi
2011
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Maine Commissioner of Education
Jim Rier
2013
Non-partisan
Georgia State Superintendent of Schools
John Barge
2011
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Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
John Huppenthal
2011
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New York Commissioner of Education
John King
2011
Non-partisan
Louisiana Superintendent of Education
John White
2012
Non-partisan
North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction
June Atkinson
2005
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Hawaii Superintendent of Education
Kathryn Matayoshi
2010
Non-partisan
Tennessee Commissioner of Education
Kevin Huffman
2011
Non-partisan
North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction
Kirsten Baesler
2013
Non-partisan
Maryland Superintendent of Schools
Lillian Lowery
2012
Non-partisan
Delaware Secretary of Education
Mark Murphy
2012
Non-partisan
Utah Superintendent of Public Instruction
Martell Menlove
2013
Non-partisan
Massachusetts Secretary of Education
Matt Malone
2013
Non-partisan
Nebraska Commissioner of Education
Matthew Blomstedt
2013
Non-partisan
South Dakota Secretary of Education
Melody Schopp
2011
Non-partisan
Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction
Mike Flanagan
2005
Non-partisan
Alaska Commissioner of Education
Michael Hanley
2011
Non-partisan
Texas Commissioner of Education
Michael Williams
2012
Non-partisan
South Carolina Superintendent of Education
Mick Zais
2011
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Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction
Patricia Wright
2008
Non-partisan
Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction
Randy Dorn
2009
Non-partisan
Vermont Secretary of Education
Rebecca Holcombe
2014
Non-partisan
Wyoming Director of the Department of Education
Rich Crandall
2013
Non-partisan
Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction
Richard Ross
2013
Non-partisan
Deputy Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction
Rob Saxton
2012
Non-partisan
Colorado Commissioner of Education
Robert Hammond
2011
Non-partisan
Connecticut Commissioner of Education
Stefan Pryor
2011
Non-partisan
Kentucky Commissioner of Education
Terry Holliday
2009
Non-partisan
Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tom Luna
2007
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California Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tom Torlakson
2011
Non-partisan
Arkansas Commissioner of Education
Tom W. Kimbrell
2009
Non-partisan
Alabama Superintendent of Education
Tommy Bice
2011
Non-partisan
Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tony Evers
2009
Non-partisan
New Hampshire Commissioner of Education
Virginia Barry
2009
Non-partisan


Elected vs. appointed

While the vast majority of the states that do have the statewide governmental position authorize the governor to appoint an individual to the office, there are at least 13 others who have opted to have public voters select the officeholders. These states include Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin and, until 2013, Wyoming*.

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*A new law signed on January 29, 2013 replaced the elected Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction as head of the state Department of Education with a director appointed by the governor. Superintendent Cindy Hill filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the measure. The position of superintendent remains but is no longer head of the DOE.[2] Click here to view the full Senate file text of the law.

Elections

2014

See also: State executive official elections, 2014

Eight states will hold regularly scheduled superintendent elections in the 2014 electoral cycle:

2013

Wisconsin was the only state with a scheduled superintendent election in the 2013 electoral cycle. Incumbent superintendent Tony Evers ran for and won re-election to the nonpartisan post. He defeated one challenger, Republican state rep. Don Pridemore, in the general election on April 2, 2013, earning approximately 61% of the vote.

2012

Four states held scheduled superintendent elections in the 2012 electoral cycle: Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, and Washington.

In Indiana, incumbent Tony Bennett (R) was defeated by challenger Glenda Ritz (D) in the general election. In the other three races, incumbents won re-election on November 6, 2012.

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