Superintendent of Public Instruction


Dale A.R. Erquiaga

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Dale Erquiaga was appointed Superintendent of Public Instruction by Governor Brian Sandoval in August of 2013.  Dale is serving as Nevada’s second gubernatorial appointed head of the Nevada Department of Education, following 2011 legislation that gave the Governor the authority to appoint a Superintendent to run the Department.  

Dale comes to NDE after several years of working in school district- and state-level education policy in Nevada. He previously served as the Senior Advisor to Governor Brian Sandoval, providing general policy advice and serving as the Governor’s speechwriter and spokesman.  In this role, Dale was the Governor’s primary education policy advisor. His education policy experience also includes service with the Clark County School District (CCSD), where he worked as the Executive Director of Government Affairs, Public Policy & Strategic Planning; he consulted with CCSD and other education-related groups for five years before being hired as a district staff member.  

A native Nevadan, Dale has been active in Nevada state government for years. He served as Director of the Department of Museums, Library and Arts and was Chief Deputy Secretary of State for Secretaries of State Lau and Heller. He also served as chairman of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and the Las Vegas Arts Commission, and as a board member of the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (Mob Museum) and the Las Vegas Centennial Committee.  He currently serves as a member of the advisory board of the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.  

Dale brings significant management, consulting, and communication experience to his role as Superintendent. He managed a successful consulting practice under the brand name Get Consensus, and worked as a Vice President and Managing Director with the advertising firm R&R Partners. Most recently, Dale resided in Arizona working as a strategic planning consultant and interim nonprofit CEO.  

Dale holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University.  A graduate of Churchill County High School, Dale currently resides in Reno and is the proud father of two grown children, Brendan and Morgan.