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Noem Appointing a Senior Policy Advisor to be Next State Sec of Ed

Tiffany Sanderson
Tiffany Sanderson

Governor Kristi Noem is appointing one of her senior policy advisors as the next state Secretary of Education. Tiffany Sanderson currently advises the governor on K-12 education, higher education and workforce development.

Sanderson joined the governor’s staff last year. She previously led the state’s career and technical education system. She has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from South Dakota State University, and a master’s degree in administration from the University of South Dakota.

In a statement, Sanderson says she’s the mother of a middle-school student. She says the state can waste no time in strengthening the education system.

The appointment is effective on December 9th. Current Secretary of Education Ben Jones is taking a new position as director of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

-Contact SDPB reporter Jackie Hendry by email.