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Robert Hammond, Commissioner

Apppointed by the State Board of Education in November 2011.


Robert Hammond is a 24-year veteran in education leadership. Hammond is known in the industry for his ability to implement transformational improvements to education systems using his knowledge of the banking industry and city management.

Hammond was sworn in as Commissioner of Education for the Colorado Department of Education in May of 2011. Since then, he has played an integral part in creating and implementing Colorado’s Educator Effectiveness System, new state academic standards and assessments, and the state’s nationally recognized Accountability System. Hammond has assembled a leadership team who is committed to creating programs grounded in student growth. Their focus is serving and supporting Colorado’s districts.

Hammond started his career as Head of the Administration and Operations Division in Wichita Public Schools in Kansas and, later, as the Associate Superintendent.

In 2001, Hammond moved from Kansas to Colorado and was hired on as the Chief Operations Officer for the Boulder Valley School District. In 2008, Hammond was recruited into the Colorado Department of Education as our Deputy Commissioner.


Mr. Hammond received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Baker University (Baldwin City, Kansas) and holds a master’s degree in public administration, urban management from the University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas).

Under Hammond’s leadership and with the hard work from local educators, the White House, the U.S. Department of Education and, most recently, the Gates Foundation have all recognized the state of Colorado as a leader in education reform on several occasions.