Commissioner of Education

Published: 10/27/2015 9:49 AM

In September 2015, the Kentucky Board of Education unanimously voted to hire Stephen L. Pruitt as Kentucky's sixth commissioner of education.
Commissioner Pruitt comes to Kentucky with an extensive background in education at the local, state and national levels.
He started his education career as a high school chemistry teacher in Fayetteville and Tyron, Georgia. He later served as the science and mathematics program manager and director of academic standards with the Georgia Department of Education. Subsequently, he was named associate state superintendent for assessment and accountability and ultimately chief of staff for the Georgia Department of Education.
Most recently, Pruitt served as senior vice president for Achieve, Inc., a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization based in Washington, D.C. During his tenure with Achieve, he coordinated the development of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Pruitt also served as president of the Council of State Science Supervisors and a member of the writing team for the College Board Standards for College Success (Science). In addition, he served on the National Academies of Science Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards which developed the Framework for K-12 Science Education – a foundational document for the Next Generation Science Standards.
A native of Georgia, Commissioner Pruitt holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from North Georgia College and State University, a master's degree in science education from the University of West Georgia and a Doctorate of Philosophy in chemistry education from Auburn University.
Pruitt and his wife are the parents of two children. Their son attends the University of Colorado-Boulder and their daughter is a high school junior and will be attending a Kentucky public school once the family relocates.

Teresa Perry
Office of the Commissioner of Education
500 Mero Street, 1st Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-3141
Fax (502) 564-5680