Biography

John Huppenthal

John Huppenthal

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, an Arizona resident for over 55 years, was educated in elementary and secondary schools in Tucson; earned an engineering degree from Northern Arizona University; and earned an MBA from Arizona State University.

During Superintendent Huppenthal’s 29 years in public service, he has established himself as one of Arizona’s leading education reformers. Over an 18 year career at the Arizona state legislature, he successfully authored and passed over 200 bills, with a substantial number of them focused on improving education in Arizona.

Under his leadership, the Arizona Department of Education has:

  1. Championed School Choice, providing a wide range of educational opportunities for parents and their children;
  2. Initiated the implementation of more rigorous college- and career-ready standards;
  3. Instituted the A-F Letter Grade System for schools and districts so that parents can make informed decisions about their children’s education;
  4. Stabilized the state’s school accountability, technology and financial systems;
  5. Advocated for the use of student level data in educational decision making;
  6. Significantly improved the Arizona Department of Education’s service levels for its many stakeholders.

As Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Huppenthal is committed to preparing all Arizona students to be college- and career-ready and competitive in a global economy.