Tony Smith Named New State Board of Education Superintendent


The State Superintendent of Education is the supervisor of public schools and publicly-supported charter schools throughout Illinois. Dr. Tony Smith has experience in educational management in both the public and the private sector. He is a past superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District, operating public schools in one of the largest cities in California.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), a nine-member panel appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the statewide school board that oversees distribution of state school aid and compliance with state and federal educational mandates. Departing State Superintendent Dr. Christopher Koch was thanked for his 21 years of educational leadership at ISBE, particularly his advocacy for students affected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Tony Smith, in his career as an executive educator, has often specialized in issues of math and science achievement. He is the holder of a doctorate from the University of California, and began his executive pathway as the head of the Math, Science and Technology Initiative in Emeryville, California.

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