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Christine Jax
EducationPh.D., MA, BA
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
Hamline University
Spouse(s)Zeus Castillo

Christine Jax is an author, educator, and speaker. She was Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education (then known as the Department of Children, Families and Learning) from 1999-2003, having been appointed to that post by Gov. Jesse Ventura in January 1999.[1][2][3] In 2015 she was appointed Dean and Chief Academic Officer for Digital Media Arts College.[4]

Minnesota Commissioner of Education[edit | edit source]

During her tenure as Minnesota Commissioner of Education, the budget of the department she led (the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning, which was the state's state education agency) was cut by $8.5 million (more than 10 percent). As a result, according to Education Week, Jax "cut one-quarter of the department's staff, to 183 positions, and restricted agency spending on travel, hiring, and contracting."[5]

Politics[edit | edit source]

In 2012, Jax was briefly a candidate for governor of Minnesota, running as an Independence Party of Minnesota candidate. Jax dropped out of the race two weeks after announcing her candidacy and endorsed congressman Tim Penny, who was defeated by Republican Tim Pawlenty.[6]

Jax subsequently moved from Minnesota to South Florida. She was associate dean of doctoral programs at Walden University, a for-profit online institution.[6]

Jax ran for the Palm Beach County School Board in 2012.[7][8] In a five-candidate race, Jax advanced to a runoff election,[9][10] but she was defeated by Michael Murgio.[citation needed]

Writing[edit | edit source]

Jax has written two non-fiction books.[11]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Jax grew up and raised a family in Minnesota. She has a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration, an M.A. in Public Administration, and a B.A. in Child Psychology.

Jax founded and managed a school for homeless children in Minnesota. In 1996, Jax received a Bush Foundation grant to conduct a study concerning educational policy.[12] From 1999 – 2003 she served the state of Minnesota as Commissioner of Education.[13] For the past 25 years Jax has taught and held administrative positions at various universities; including Ashworth College,[14] , Capella University,[15][not in citation given] Walden University,[16] and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. In 2015 she accepted the position of Chief Academic Officer at Digital Media Arts College.[17][not in citation given]

She is married to Jesus "Zeus" Castillo; they have seven children and four grandchildren.[18]

Publications[edit | edit source]

  • The Seven Stages of an Enlightened Teacher (2nd ed.). R&L Education. 2011. ISBN 978-1610480758.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Christine Jax (Ind.)", Campaign 2002, Minnesota Public Radio News
  2. "Remarks by Governor Ventura and Lieutenant Governor Mae Schunk" (PDF). Minnesota School Boards Association Leadership Conference. January 15, 1999. pp. 3, 5.
  3. "Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning commissioner to address First Friday Club - Newsroom". University of St. Thomas. 31 January 2000.
  4. webneeds.net. "Dr. Christine Jax Appointment at Digital Media Arts College - PR on datsyn - data syndication platform".
  5. "Capitol Recap". Education Week. October 2, 2002.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Megan Boldt, Former state ed commissioner Christine Jax running for Palm Beach school board, St. Paul Pioneer Press (May 24, 2012).
  7. "Only one seat on Palm Beach County School Board contested".
  8. "Palm Beach County, FL Supervisor of Elections".
  9. "» Former state ed commissioner Christine Jax running for Palm Beach school board".
  10. "Murgio, Jax headed for fall runoff in Palm Beach County School..."
  11. "Writing". Christione Jax official site. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  12. "Site Search".
  13. "Turning a Dream into Reality: Governor Ventura names Saint Mary's professor as Minnesota State Education Commissioner" (PDF). St. Mary's University Magazine. Summer 1999. p. 10.
  14. "Ashworth College's Faculty & Staff - Ashworth College". www.ashworthcollege.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  15. "Capella University".
  16. "Archived Webinars from Past Years - Education Week".
  17. "FEBRUARY 2016 - Boca Magazine".
  18. "christinejax.com".

External links[edit | edit source]

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