Make us your home page


Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

And the next U.S. education secretary might be ...



As the presidential campaigns began to wind down, Inside Higher Ed turned to a panel of education experts "of a variety of political persuasions" and asked who should make the short list for education secretary under an Obama or McCain administration.

Among the panelists was Sherman Dorn, who teaches education policy at the University of South Florida and blogs about education policy.

Dorn suggested four former governors for the post: Bob Graham of Florida or Jim Hunt of North Carolina for a Democratic administration and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey for a Republican administration. (shown above, L-R)

Among other panelists who weighed in were Deborah Santiago, vice president for policy and research of Excelencia in Education; Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors; and Richard Vedder, director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

Other names that turned up on the experts' short lists include Hilary C. Pennington of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Kati Haycock of the Education Trust; and Chester E. Finn Jr., president of the
Thomas B. Fordham Institute and former assistant secretary of education under William J. Bennett.

Interestingly, no one mentioned former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, architect of the state's accountability system, who has been looking for a way to cement his educational legacy since leaving office in

To see the full slate of picks, click here.

Donna Winchester, higher education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:03am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours