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
|United States Department of Education|
|Reports to||The President|
with Senate advice and consent
|Term length||No fixed term|
|Constituting instrument||20 U.S.C. § 3411|
|Formation||November 30, 1979|
|First holder||Shirley Hufstedler|
|Succession||Fifteenth in the United States Presidential Line of Succession|
|Deputy||Deputy Secretary of Education|
|Salary||Executive Schedule, level 1|
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The United States Secretary of Education is the head of the U.S. Department of Education. The Secretary is the principal adviser to the President on federal policies, programs, and activities related to education in the United States. As a member of the President's Cabinet, this Secretary is fifteenth in the United States presidential line of succession.
The United States Secretary of Education is a member of the President's Cabinet, the fifteenth in the United States presidential line of succession. This Secretary deals with federal influence over education policy, and heads the U.S. Department of Education.
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."
Current and future Secretaries
Lists, Secretaries of Education
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List of secretaries
|No.||Portrait||name||State of Residence||Took Office||Left Office||President(s)|
|1||Shirley Hufstedler||California||November 30, 1979||January 20, 1981||Jimmy Carter|
|2||Terrel Bell||Utah||January 22, 1981||January 20, 1985||Ronald Reagan|
|3||William Bennett||New York||February 6, 1985||September 20, 1988|
|4||Lauro Cavazos||Texas||September 20, 1988||December 12, 1990|
|George H. W. Bush|
|Illinois||December 12, 1990||March 22, 1991|
|5||Lamar Alexander||Tennessee||March 22, 1991||January 20, 1993|
|6||Richard Riley||South Carolina||January 21, 1993||January 20, 2001||Bill Clinton|
|7||Rod Paige||Texas||January 20, 2001||January 20, 2005||George W. Bush|
|8||Margaret Spellings||Texas||January 20, 2005||January 20, 2009|
|9||Arne Duncan||Illinois||January 21, 2009||January 1, 2016||Barack Obama|
|10||John King, Jr.||New York||January 1, 2016||March 14, 2016|
|March 14, 2016||January 20, 2017|
|January 20, 2017||present||Donald Trump|
|11||Betsy DeVos||Michigan||January 2017
Pending Senate confirmation
Living former Secretaries
As of January 2017, there are seven living former Secretaries of Education, the oldest being Lauro Cavazos (served 1988–1990, born 1927). The most recent Secretary of Education to die was Shirley Hufstedler (served 1979–1981, born 1925) on March 30, 2016. The most recently serving Secretary to die was Terrel Bell (served 1981-1985, born 1921) on June 22, 1996.
|Name||Term||Date of birth (and age)|
|William Bennett||1985–1988||July 31, 1943|
|Lauro Cavazos||1988–1990||January 4, 1927|
|Lamar Alexander||1991–1993||July 6, 1940|
|Richard Riley||1993–2001||January 2, 1933|
|Rod Paige||2001–2005||June 17, 1933|
|Margaret Spellings||2005–2009||November 30, 1957|
|Arne Duncan||2009–2015||November 6, 1964|
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- Hensley-Clancy, Molly (November 23, 2016). "Trump Picks Betsy DeVos As Education Secretary". Buzzfeed.com. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
- "ED Staff Organization: Management Offices". U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved April 11, 2007. - Includes the Secretary of Education
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