Commissioner David Steiner

David M. Steiner
Commissioner of Education and
President of the University of the State of New York

On July 27, 2009, the New York State Board of Regents voted to elect Dr. David Milton Steiner as New York State Education Commissioner and President of the University of the State of New York. Commissioner Steiner assumed his post on October 1, 2009.

Judge Victoria Graffeo administers the oath of office to David M. Steiner
Judge Victoria Graffeo administers the oath of office to David M. Steiner

Formerly the Dean of the Hunter College School of Education at the City University of New York, Commissioner Steiner is best known for his leadership of the national effort to transform teacher preparation and improve teacher quality.

Commissioner Steiner succeeds Richard P. Mills who retired on June 30th, 2009 after fourteen years as Commissioner.  Carole Huxley served as Interim Commissioner for the three intervening months.

David Steiner is the 13th Education Commissioner to serve the State since the position was created in 1904.  

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As Commissioner of Education, Steiner serves as chief executive officer of the State Education Department and as President of the University of the State of New York (USNY). USNY is comprised of more than 7,000 public and independent elementary and secondary schools; 270 public and independent colleges and universities; 7,000 libraries; 900 museums; 25 public broadcasting facilities; 3,000 historical repositories; 436 proprietary schools; 48 professions encompassing more than 761,000 licensees plus 240,000 certified educators; and services for children and adults with disabilities.

Commissioner Steiner's address:

New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Last Updated: September 20, 2010