Wayne Sanstead

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Wayne Godfrey Sanstead
18th North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction
In office
1985 – January 1, 2013
Preceded by Joseph Crawford
Succeeded by Kirsten Baesler
31st Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
In office
January 2, 1973 – January 6, 1981
Governor Arthur A. Link
Preceded by Richard F. Larsen
Succeeded by Ernest Sands
Member of the North Dakota Senate[1]
In office
1971[1] – 1973[1]
Member of the North Dakota House of Representatives[1]
In office
1965[1] – 1970[1]
Personal details
Born (1935-04-16) April 16, 1935 (age 82)
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Political party Democratic/Democratic-NPL
Spouse(s) Mary Jane Bober[1]
Alma mater St. Olaf College, B.A., 1957 Northfield, Minnesota; Northwestern University, M.A. in Speech[2][3] in 1967;[3] University of North Dakota, Doctorate in secondary education.
Profession Teacher[2]

Wayne Godfrey Sanstead (born April 16, 1935)[4] served as the North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1985 to January 1, 2013, and from 1972 to 1981 as the Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota.

Early life[edit]

Sanstead was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on April 16, 1935 to Godfrey A. and Clara (Buen) Sanstead.[1] Sanstead married Mary Jane Bober[5] on June 16, 1957.[1][6] They have two children, Timothy Wayne & Jonathan Paul.[5]


In 1957 Sanstead received his B.A. from St. Olaf College, and in 1967 his Master of Arts[2] in Speech[3] from Northwestern University.[3] Stanstead earned his doctorate in secondary education from the University of North Dakota.[2]

Political career[edit]

Sanstead was the longest serving chief state school officer in the United States.[7] Previously, Sanstead served eight years in the North Dakota House of Representatives (1965–1970), two years in the N.D. Senate (1971–1973), and as the 31st Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota serving under Governor Arthur A. Link (1973–1981).


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Marquis Who's Who (1980), Who's Who in the Midwest, 1980-1981, Chicago, Illinois: Marquis Who's Who, LLC, p. 606 
  2. ^ a b c d Wetzel, Dale (February 17, 2012), N. D. School Superintendent Wayne Sanstead retiring, Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News 
  3. ^ a b c d Northwestern University (June 17, 1967), NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY One Hundred and Ninth Annual COMMENCEMENT, Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University, p. 62 
  4. ^ Montgomery (Ala.). Junior Chamber of Commerce (1965). Outstanding Young Men of America. Junior Chamber of Commerce. ISSN 0474-9340. Retrieved 2015-04-12. 
  5. ^ a b Paul Anthony Theis, Edmund Lee Henshaw, eds. (1991), Who's Who in American Politics, Volume 2, New Providence, New Jersey: R. R. Bowker, p. 1271 
  6. ^ Junior Chamber of Commerce (1965), Outstanding Young Men of America, Montgomery Alabama: Junior Chamber of Commerce, p. 458 
  7. ^ "Kirsten Baesler | North Dakota Department of Public Instruction biography". dpi.state.nd.us. Retrieved 2015-04-12. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Richard F. Larsen
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Ernest Sands
Preceded by
Joseph Crawford
North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction
Succeeded by
Kirsten Baesler