Commissioner of Education of the State of New York

The Commissioner of Education of the State of New York is the head of the State Education Department, chosen by the Board of Regents. The Commissioner also serves as the President of the University of the State of New York office. Generally, the Regents set policy while the Commissioner has responsibility for carrying out policy.[1]

List of Commissioners

Andrew Sloan Draper 19041913 [2]
John Huston Finley 19131921
Frank Pierrepont Graves 19211940
Ernest E. Cole 19401942
George D. Stoddard 19421945
Francis T. Spaulding 19461950
Lewis A. Wilson 19501955
James Edward Allen, Jr. 19551969 [2]
Ewald Nyquist 19691976
Gordon M. Ambach 19761986
Thomas Sobol 19871995
Richard Paul Mills 19952009
David Miller Steiner 20092011
John King, Jr. 20112014
MaryEllen Elia 2015present


  1. New York State Education Department,
  2. 1 2 "Eighth State Commissioner, Youngest in the Office, Seeks Public Support Chancellor Gives 'Charge' Veto of Long Island College". New York Times. May 5, 1956. Retrieved 2014-07-30. Dr. James E. Allen Jr. today became the state's eighth Commissioner of Education. ... Dr. Andrew Sloan Draper became the first Commissioner, holding office from 1904 to 1913. ...
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