United States Secretary of Education

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United States
Secretary of Education
Seal of the United States Department of Education.svg
Official Seal
Betsy DeVos official photo (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Betsy DeVos

since February 7, 2017
Formation November 30, 1979
First holder Shirley Hufstedler
Succession Sixteenth
Website www.ed.gov

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.

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter established the Department of Education as a cabinet-level agency. Previously, Education had been handled by the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, henceforth known as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The current acting Secretary of Education is Betsy DeVos.

Chronological list[change | change source]

No. Name Term of Office President(s) served under
1 Shirley Hufstedler November 30, 1979 - January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
2 Terrel Bell January 22, 1981 - January 20, 1985 Ronald Reagan
3 William J. Bennett February 6, 1985 - 1988 Ronald Reagan
4 Lauro Cavazos September 20, 1988 - December 12, 1990 Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush
5 Lamar Alexander March 22, 1991 - January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
6 Richard Riley January 21, 1993 - January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
7 Roderick Paige January 20, 2001 - January 20, 2005 George W. Bush
8 Margaret Spellings January 20, 2005 - January 20, 2009 George W. Bush
9 Arne Duncan January 20, 2009 - December 31, 2015 Barack Obama
10 John King, Jr. March 14, 2016 - January 20, 2017 Barack Obama
Acting Phil Rosenfelt January 20, 2017 - February 7, 2017 Donald Trump
11 Betsy DeVos February 7, 2017 - present Donald Trump