Mitchell superintendent Joe Graves appointed as Secretary of Training

PIERRE, SD – Governor Kristi Noem appointed Joe Graves, superintendent of the Mitchell College District, as Secretary of the South Dakota Division of Training on Tuesday. Graves’ appointment shall be efficient January 10. Graves is changing Secretary Tiffany Sanderson, who has accepted a job as president of Lake Space Technical School.

“Joe is an excellent match to guide our Division of Training and to assist me obtain our aim of constructing South Dakota the chief for Ok-12 training within the nation,” mentioned Governor Kristi Noem.

“I’m humbled by Governor Noem’s confidence in me,” mentioned Graves. “I’ve noticed the optimistic adjustments Governor Noem has made in our faculty methods up shut as a Superintendent. Now, I’m excited to play a extra vital function in reforming our colleges and elevating the bar for what college students and academics can each obtain.”

Graves has a Grasp’s in historical past from the College of South Dakota; a number of Training Administration levels from Drake College; a instructing certificates from the College of Iowa, and a BS in political science, psychology, and sociology from South Dakota State College.

He was awarded “Academic Advocate of the 12 months” by the College Directors of South Dakota in 2018. He was additionally awarded “Administrator of the 12 months” by the South Dakota Music Educators Affiliation in 2018. He has been revealed in quite a few training journals.

Graves was born in Sioux Falls. He has been married to his spouse Cheryl for 37 years. Collectively, they’ve 4 youngsters and ten grandchildren.