United States Secretary of Education

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Secretary of Education of the United States of America
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Incumbent
Arne Duncan

since January 21, 2009
U.S. Department of Education
Member of Cabinet
Reports to The President
Seat Washington, D.C.
Appointer The President
Term length No fixed term
Constituting instrument 20 U.S.C. § 3411
Formation November 30, 1979
First holder Shirley Hufstedler
Succession Sixteenth
(presidential line of succession)
Deputy Deputy Secretary of Education
Salary Executive Schedule, level 1
Website www.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 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, who has held the office since January 2009.

List of Secretaries of Education[edit]

Parties

      Democratic       Republican

No. Portrait Name State of Residence Took Office Left Office President(s)
1 Shirley Hufstedler, November 12, 2007.jpg Shirley M. Hufstedler California November 30, 1979 January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
2 Terrel Bell, 1981.jpg Terrel H. Bell Utah January 22, 1981 January 20, 1985 Ronald Reagan
3 Bill Bennett by Gage Skidmore.jpg William J. Bennett North Carolina February 6, 1985 September 20, 1988
4 Cavazos.jpg Lauro F. Cavazos Texas September 20, 1988 December 12, 1990
George H. W. Bush
5 Lamar Alexander official portrait.jpg Lamar Alexander Tennessee March 22, 1991 January 20, 1993
6 Richard Riley Official Departament of Education Photo .jpg Richard W. Riley South Carolina January 21, 1993 January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
7 Rod Paige.jpg Roderick R. Paige Texas January 20, 2001 January 20, 2005 George W. Bush
8 Margaret Spellings, official ed photo 2.jpg Margaret Spellings Texas January 20, 2005 January 20, 2009
9 DuncanArne.jpg Arne Duncan Illinois January 21, 2009 Incumbent Barack Obama

Living Former Secretaries of Education[edit]

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United States presidential line of succession
Preceded by
Secretary of Energy
Ernest Moniz
16th in line Succeeded by
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Eric K. Shinseki