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DeHoff, Randy

Former Chairman and VP at Colorado State Board of Education


Randy DeHoff has served on the Colorado State Board of Education, representing the Sixth Congressional District. He was reelected to a second six-year term in 2004, and completed his term in 2010. He has served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Board between 2001 and 2004, earning a reputation as a passionate, nonpartisan defender of quality public schools for all students, who works effectively to unite the efforts of all stakeholders to that end.

Mr. DeHoff has been active in public education for over a quarter century, since the first of his four daughters started kindergarten. His children have been educated in the local public schools, home school, and a charter school that he helped found.

After earning a B.S. in Physics from the University of Virginia, he served eight years active duty as a Naval Flight Officer, flying missions throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans. He moved to Colorado in 1984, working in the aerospace industry as a Systems Engineer and program manager on several successful missile and rocket launch programs.

In February, 2005, Mr. DeHoff left the aerospace industry to make public education his full time vocation as the Executive Director of the newly formed Colorado Charter School Institute, a statewide chartering authority.

Since joining the State Board of Education, he has served on several National Association of State Boards of Education study groups, as well as on the NASBE Board of Directors. He represented NASBE on the Steering Committee to revise the standards for the 2004 NAEP Math Assessment, and was nominated to represent NASBE on the new National Technical Advisory Committee on Assessment. The Colorado League of Charter Schools awarded him their Charter Friend Award in 2002.

Mr. DeHoff has further blended his background and interest in science and education through his membership in the American Association of Physics Teachers and the National Science Teachers Association, and as a founding board member of the Colorado Math, Science Technology, and Engineering Education Coalition (COMSTEC). He has authored numerous articles on education for local and national media.