PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Governor Kristi Noem announced Wednesday that her administration’s new secretary of education will be Tiffany Sanderson, while Lorraine Polak will be the new executive director for the South Dakota Housing Development Authority.
Sanderson will replace Education Secretary Ben Jones, who takes over December 9 as state historian and executive director for the South Dakota State Historical Society. Jones succeeds Jay Vogt, who is retiring. The historical society post is under the education secretary.
Polak will succeed Mark Lauseng, who retires January 8 as head of the housing authority. She currently is director of rental housing development there.
Sanderson has been a senior policy advisor to the governor, with a focus on K-12, higher education and workforce development. She is married to Nathan Sanderson, president for the South Dakota Retailers Association, who was a top aide in the previous Daugaard administration.
A look at the governor’s cabinet before the recent changes is here.