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United States
Secretary of Education
Official Seal
Arne Duncan

since January 21, 2009
Formation November 30, 1979
Succession Sixteenth

The United States Secretary of Education is the head of the Department of Education. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet, and 16th 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.


List of Secretaries of Education

No. Name Portrait State of residence Took office Left office President(s) served under
1 Shirley Hufstedler California November 30, 1979 January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
2 Terrel Bell Terrel Bell, 1981.jpg Utah January 22, 1981 January 20, 1985 Ronald Reagan
3 William J. Bennett New York February 6, 1985 1988
4 Lauro Cavazos Cavazos.jpg Texas September 20, 1988 December 12, 1990 Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush
5 Lamar Alexander Lamar Alexander official portrait.jpg Tennessee March 22, 1991 January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
6 Richard Riley Richard Riley Official Departament of Education Photo .jpg South Carolina January 21, 1993 January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
7 Roderick Paige Rod Paige.jpg Texas January 20, 2001 January 20, 2005 George W. Bush
8 Margaret Spellings Margaret Spellings, official ed photo 2.jpg Texas January 20, 2005 January 20, 2009
9 Arne Duncan DuncanArne.jpg Illinois January 21, 2009 present Barack Obama

Living Former Secretaries of Education


External links

United States presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Secretary of Energy
16th in line Succeeded by
Secretary of Veterans Affairs


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