Mike Morath of Austin has served as the Commissioner of Education since January 2016. During that time, he has worked to refocus the Texas Education Agency around four key strategic priorities in support of Texas students: Recruiting, Supporting, and Retaining Teachers and Principals; Building a Foundation of Math and Reading; Connecting High School to Career and College; and Improving Low-Performing Schools.
Prior to his appointment, he served on the Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees for more than four years, and previously was chairman of Morath Investments and president and chief operating officer of Minute Menu Systems, a company that provided information systems to help manage a federal child nutrition program. Additionally, he is a former board member for the Texas Association of School Boards, Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, and the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation. He is a past president of the Addison Rotary Club, past vice president of the Alpha Phi Alpha North Dallas Alumni Chapter, former advisory board member for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and was a volunteer Big Brother with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for 10 years. Morath received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from George Washington University. He is married with four young children, the oldest of which is a kindergartener in Austin ISD.
Other Offices Held
Ex Officio Member (Workforce Investment Council, Texas)
Board Member (Education Board, Southern Regional)
Commissioner of Education (Education Agency, Texas)