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Portrait of Tom Desjardin

Tom Desjardin, Acting Commissioner

Tom Desjardin is Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Education, having previously served as Maine Governor Paul R. LePage’s Senior Policy Advisor for education as well as several other key policy areas including natural resources. 

Before joining the Governor’s team, he spent more than a decade as the historian for the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. An 11th generation Mainer and a graduate of Edward Little High School in Auburn, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Florida State University and has a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Maine at Orono.

He has also written several books on the Civil War with an emphasis on Maine history and the Battle of Gettysburg, and he has taught classes at four institutions of higher education, including Bowdoin College and the University of Maine at Augusta.


Tom Desjardin, Acting Commissioner
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333