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State superintendent tenures

In Utah, most state superintendents haven’t lasted more than five years, though a few have persisted for 12 to 15. Here’s a list of past superintendents and how long they’ve served, not including temporary superintendents.

Larry Shumway: 2009 to 2012

Patti Harrington: 2004 to 2009

Steven O. Laing: 1999 to 2004

Scott W. Bean: 1992 to 1999

Jay B. Taggart: 1990 to 1992

James R. Moss: 1986 to 1990

Bernarr S. Furse: 1985 to 1986

G. Leland Burningham: 1982 to 1985

Walter D. Talbot: 1970 to 1982

T.H. Bell: 1963 to 1970

Marion G. Merkley: 1962 to 1963

Wilburn N. Ball: 1961 to 1962

E. Allen Bateman: 1945 to 1960

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