Secretary of Education

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The United States Secretary of Education is the head of the Department of Education. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet.

Until 1979, there was one Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, uniting this department with the Department of Health and Human Services, which is now headed by a separate Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Secretaries of Education

NameTerm of OfficePresident(s) served under
Shirley HufstedlerNovember 30, 1979 - January 20, 1981Jimmy Carter
Terrell BellJanuary 22, 1981 - January 20, 1985Ronald Reagan
William J. BennettFebruary 6, 1985 - 1988Ronald Reagan
Lauro CavazosSeptember 20, 1988 - December 12, 1990 Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush
Lamar AlexanderMarch 22, 1991 - January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
Richard RileyJanuary 21, 1993 - January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
Roderick PaigeJanuary 20, 2001 - January 20, 2005 George W. Bush
Margaret SpellingsJanuary 20, 2005 - January 20, 2009 George W. Bush
Arne Duncan *upon confirmationJanuary 20, 2009 - Barack Obama

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