Dr. Candice McQueen was sworn in as Tennessee's commissioner of education on January 17, 2015. During her first year as commissioner, McQueen led a statewide effort to create a new strategic plan and vision for schools called Tennessee Succeeds. McQueen also connected with over 10,000 teachers on the first leg of her Classroom Chronicles Tour, spending time in over 75 school districts and 125 schools in 16 months. McQueen also worked with the governor and general assembly to pass the largest investment in K-12 education without a tax increase in Tennessee's history.
Prior to her appointment, McQueen served as senior vice president and dean of the college of education at Lipscomb University. Before joining Lipscomb University, McQueen was awarded multiple awards for both her teaching and the curriculum design of a new magnet school. McQueen has a bachelor's degree from Lipscomb, a master's degree from Vanderbilt and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas.