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  • Writer's picturePatricia Salkin

New SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr is the 63rd Lawyer Appointed as a Chancellor in U.S. Higher Ed

Updated: Dec 11, 2022

On December 5, 2022, the State University of New York appointed lawyer John King as their next Chancellor. King, who is now the 15th Chancellor of the SUNY follows interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley who is also a lawyer.

From 2011 to 2015 Chancellor King served as the first African American and Puerto Rican education commissioner for the State of New York. He left New York in 2015 to become deputy secretary of education in the Obama administration, and a year later was appointed as the U.S. Secretary of Education. He is currently serving as the President of The Education Trust. In 2011 he was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on the U.S. Department of Education's Equity and Excellence Commission.

King began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher. He founded a charter school in Roxbury, MA and he was appointed as a visiting professor at the University of Maryland’s College of Education. He ran an unsuccessful primary bid for Governor of the State of Maryland in 2022.

John King earned his B.A. from Harvard University (where he as a Truman Scholar and received the James Madison Memorial Fellowship for secondary-level teaching), an MA from Teachers College at Columbia University, a J.D. from Yale Law School and his EdD from Teachers College at Columbia University.

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