Ted Sanders, Co-Chair
Ted Sanders, retired President of the Education Commission of the States, has dedicated more than 45 years to education policy and leadership, having held high-level posts in state and federal government, as well as other public, not-for-profit and private entities. Ted Sanders serves as NCTAF Co-Chair, where he has been a dedicated member of the Commission since 1994.
Ted’s distinguished career includes extensive leadership in K-12 and higher education. He served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education (1989-91) under President George H.W. Bush. He also served as the chief state school officer in Nevada, Illinois, and Ohio and assistant chief in New Mexico. Following his presidency at Southern Illinois University (1995-2000), he became President of the Education Commission of the States (2000-2005). In addition, he has established, chaired and directed a number of leading education organizations. Ted remains committed to improving teaching and learning at all levels and actively shares with a number of education groups his knowledge and expertise toward that goal.