United States Secretary of Education

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Secretary of Education of the United States of America
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Flag of the Secretary of Education
US-DeptOfEducation-Seal.svg
Seal of the Department of Education
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Incumbent
Arne Duncan

since January 21, 2009
U.S. Department of Education
Member ofCabinet
Reports toThe President
SeatWashington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument20 U.S.C. § 3411
FormationNovember 30, 1979
First holderShirley Hufstedler
SuccessionFifteenth
(Presidential Line of Succession)
DeputyDeputy Secretary of Education
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level 1
Websitewww.ed.gov
 
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Secretary of Education of the United States of America
Flag of the United States Secretary of Education.svg
Flag of the Secretary of Education
US-DeptOfEducation-Seal.svg
Seal of the Department of Education
DuncanArne.jpg
Incumbent
Arne Duncan

since January 21, 2009
U.S. Department of Education
Member ofCabinet
Reports toThe President
SeatWashington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument20 U.S.C. § 3411
FormationNovember 30, 1979
First holderShirley Hufstedler
SuccessionFifteenth
(Presidential Line of Succession)
DeputyDeputy Secretary of Education
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level 1
Websitewww.ed.gov

The United States Secretary of Education is the head of the U.S. Department of Education. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet, and fifteenth in line of United States presidential line of succession. The United States Secretary of Education deals with Education policy.

The Secretary is advised by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, an advisory committee, on "matters related to accreditation and to the eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education."[1]

The current Secretary of Education is Arne Duncan, who has held the office since January 2009.

List of Secretaries of Education[edit]

Parties

      Democratic       Republican

No.PortraitNameState of ResidenceTook OfficeLeft OfficePresident(s)
1Shirley Hufstedler, November 12, 2007.jpgShirley M. HufstedlerCaliforniaNovember 30, 1979January 20, 1981Jimmy Carter
2Terrel Bell, 1981.jpgTerrel H. BellUtahJanuary 22, 1981January 20, 1985Ronald Reagan
3Bill Bennett by Gage Skidmore.jpgWilliam J. BennettNorth CarolinaFebruary 6, 1985September 20, 1988
4Cavazos.jpgLauro F. CavazosTexasSeptember 20, 1988December 12, 1990
George H. W. Bush
5Lamar Alexander official portrait.jpgLamar AlexanderTennesseeMarch 22, 1991January 20, 1993
6Richard Riley Official Departament of Education Photo.jpgRichard W. RileySouth CarolinaJanuary 21, 1993January 20, 2001Bill Clinton
7Rod Paige.jpgRoderick R. PaigeTexasJanuary 20, 2001January 20, 2005George W. Bush
8Margaret Spellings, official ed photo 2.jpgMargaret SpellingsTexasJanuary 20, 2005January 20, 2009
9DuncanArne.jpgArne DuncanIllinoisJanuary 21, 2009IncumbentBarack Obama

Living Former Secretaries of Education[edit]

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United States presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Secretary of Energy
Ernest Moniz
15th in lineSucceeded by
Secretary of Homeland Security
Jeh Johnson