Rod Paige

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Rod Paige
7th United States Secretary of Education
In office
January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Richard Riley
Succeeded by Margaret Spellings
Personal details
Born June 17, 1933 (1933-06-17) (age 81)
Monticello, Mississippi
Political party Republican
Alma mater Jackson State University
Indiana University-Bloomington

Roderick Raynor "Rod" Paige (born June 17, 1933), served as the 7th United States Secretary of Education from 2001 to 2005. He was the first African American to serve as the nation's education chief. He earned a bachelor's degree from Jackson State University in Mississippi and a Master's degree and an Ed.D from Indiana University Bloomington. He also holds an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Houston presented to him in 2000.

Paige was sitting with George W. Bush at the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, when Bush received the news that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

On November 15, 2004, Paige announced his resignation after overseeing the President's education agenda for four years. White House domestic policy adviser Margaret Spellings was nominated as his successor. The U.S. Senate confirmed her on January 20, 2005 after Bush's inauguration for a second term.