ACCT Statement on President-elect Biden's Nomination of Dr. Miguel Cardona to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education

December 23, 2020

This morning, President-elect Joe Biden will formally nominate Connecticut Commissioner of Education Miguel Cardona, Ed.D. to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education in the Biden-Harris cabinet. 

"On behalf of the nation's community college boards, the Association of Community College Trustees congratulates Dr. Cardona on this historic appointment," said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown. "We are confident that community and technical colleges and their students will be priority areas of interest for Dr. Cardona's Department of Education, and we at ACCT pledge our support and counsel as he takes office once confirmed."

Cardona is the first Latino to hold the position of Connecticut Commissioner of Education. He began his career educating and inspiring Connecticut’s youth as a fourth-grade teacher in Meriden’s public school system, the same school district he attended as a child. Cardona became the youngest school principal in the state at age 28, serving in the position for 10 years before taking on a role addressing the district’s performance and evaluation process and ultimately rising to the position of assistant superintendent.

In addition to teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Educational Leadership, Cardona served as the Co-Chairperson on the Connecticut Legislative Achievement Gap Task Force and the Connecticut Birth to Grade Three Leaders Council. Cardona earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University, and his master's degree in bilingual/bicultural education and his doctorate in education from the University of Connecticut. 

President-elect Biden will announce the appointment this morning at 11:15 a.m. from Wilmington, Delaware. The announcement can be viewed at


About ACCT

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.