J. Theodore Sanders
J. Theodore Sanders is President Emeritus of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). He previously served as Executive Chairman of the Cardean Learning Group, LLC, from 2005 to 2008. Dr. Sanders retired from his role as President of ECS in early 2005 after serving five years as the organization's leader. Dr. Sanders has had wide experience as an educator, including classroom teacher, chief state school officer in three states, acting U.S. Secretary of Education and, most recently, university president. Dr. Sanders was President of Southern Illinois University from 1995 to 2000.
From 1991–95, he was Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction, and from 1989 to 1991 he served as Deputy U.S. Secretary of Education. During that time, he was named acting U.S. Secretary of Education, a post he held from November 1990 to March 1991. Dr. Sanders served as Illinois State Superintendent of Education from 1985 to 1989, after having spent six years in that position in Nevada. Earlier, he taught in the Mountain Home, Idaho, and Bureau of Indian Affairs (Albuquerque, New Mexico) public school systems, and worked for the New Mexico Department of Education.
Dr. Sanders received his Ed.D. in educational administration and higher education from the University of Nevada–Reno. He holds an M.A. in teaching mathematics from Washington State University and a B.S. in mathematics from Wayland Baptist University in Texas.