Wayne Sanstead

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Wayne Sanstead
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North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction
In office
1985 - Present
Years in position 29
Elections and appointments
First elected1984
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
1973 - 1980
Bachelor'sSt. Olaf College
Master'sNorthwestern University
Ph.D.Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of North Dakota
BirthdayApril 16, 1935
Office website
Campaign website
Wayne Sanstead is the current Superintendent of Public Instruction in North Dakota. He was first elected to the position in 1984, and previously served as a state Senator, state Representative, and the Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota.

Sanstead announced on February 17, 2012 that he will not seek re-election in 2012. He noted "I've found real meaning in my life being a leader. Public service has been my life. So the decision didn't come lightly."[1]


A native of Arkansas, Sanstead studied speech and political science at St. Olaf College. He later went on to earn advanced degrees in communications and secondary education. After graduating from St. Olaf, he taught for a year in Luverne, Minnesota before moving to Minot, North Dakota in 1960, where he taught high school for 18 years.[1]


  • BA, Speech and political science, St. Olaf College
  • MA, Public address and group communications, Northwestern University
  • EdD, Secondary education, University of North Dakota

Political career

North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction (1984-Present)

Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota (1973-1980)

North Dakota State Senate

North Dakota House of Representatives



See also: North Dakota down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Sanstead announced he will not seek re-election in 2012.[1]

Campaign donors

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Sanstead and his wife, Mary Jane, have two sons.[3]

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