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United States Secretary of Education

The United States Secretary of Education is the head of the department concerned with education, (the United States Department of Education) as the name suggests. 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
Name Term of Office President(s) served under
Shirley Hufstedler[?] November 30, 1979 - January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
Terrell Bell[?] January 22, 1981 - January 20, 1985 Ronald Reagan
William J. Bennett February 6, 1985 - 1988 Ronald Reagan
Lauro Cavazos[?] September 20, 1988 - December 12, 1990 Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush
Lamar Alexander[?] March 22, 1991 - January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
Richard Riley[?] January 21, 1993 - January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
Roderick Paige[?] January 20, 2001 - present George W. Bush



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