Having the State Superintendent be appointed is not a new idea in Indiana, and it's in fact a very popular practice across the United States. Indiana is one of only 13 states that still elect the state's education chief, and four of those 13 are elected on a nonpartisan basis.
In 2001, an evaluation by the National Association of
State Boards of Education and the National Governors Association concluded that
Indiana should have an appointed superintendent.
Governor is responsible for appointing directors of every other state
agency. More than half of the state’s budget is spent on education, yet
the Governor has no say in the chief implementer of his/her policies? Seems like a common-sense change that's been a long time coming.