Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction 2015-2018
Diane Douglas has always been passionate about the American education system and has been actively involved in Arizona's education landscape for over twenty five years. Her interest started with her daughter's education and has continued with her grandson. Advocating and protecting parents' rights to direct the education of their children has been one of her highest priorities throughout her years of service.
As the leader of the Arizona Department of Education, former Superintendent Douglas was devoted to improving education in Arizona so that all Arizona's children have the opportunity to reach their goals in life and contribute as successful American citizens. She believes the only way to accomplish this goal is to return education to its original purpose - the acquisition of knowledge through a classical education. To this end she attempted during her tenure to bring the Hillsdale Barney Charter School standards to all the schools in Arizona.
Former Superintendent Douglas is proud to have served two terms on the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board, including two years as President of the Board. During her tenure she worked to advocate for the district's parents and taxpayers in delivering an excellent education to all of its students and oversight of taxpayers' dollars. She has also served on the Site Councils for two Peoria Unified schools and on the Board of Education for church education programs.
Prior to her advocacy and leadership in education issues, Superintendent Douglas graduated from Rutgers University and had a distinguished career as a financial expert for a variety of private sector firms.