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Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education
Teresa Lubbers was appointed as Indiana's Commissioner for Higher Education in 2009. For 17 years, Lubbers served as an Indiana State Senator and was the Chair of the Education Committee and a member of the Appropriations, Judiciary and Rules Committees.
As a legislator, Senator Lubbers led in education and economic development issues. She authored Indiana's charter school law and spearheaded efforts to ensure high academic standards and accountability; address the high school drop-out rate; and promote full-day kindergarten. Lubbers also worked to improve teacher effectiveness and served on the Advisory Board for the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality.
As Indiana's Commissioner for Higher Education, Lubbers has worked to increase college completion, improve productivity, and ensure academic quality. Indiana is widely acknowledged as a national leader in performance funding, paying for student success rather than student enrollment. She has partnered with policymakers and higher education leaders to implement the states higher education strategic plan, Reaching Higher, Achieving More, and promoted innovative educational models and efforts to contain college costs.
Lubbers is a member of the Indiana Education Roundtable, ChairElect of the State Higher Education Executive Officers, Commissioner and former chair of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, Chair of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, and a member of the Indiana School for the Blind. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Richard Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.
Lubbers has received many honors in recognition of her service, including the Welsh-Bowen Distinguished Hoosier Award, Government Leader of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Most Influential Women by the Indianapolis Business Journal, Education Leader of the Year by the GEO Foundation and the states Sagamore of the Wabash Award.
Lubbers professional career includes teaching high school English, and serving in communications positions for Mayor Richard Lugar and in Senator Lugars office. She also worked for Inc. Magazine, and the National Federation of Independent Business. For over 15 years, Lubbers operated Capitol Communications, a public relations and advertising firm.
Lubbers holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Teresa S. Lubbers Education: Warren Central High School, 1969 Professional and Civic Involvement: Co-Founder & Co-Chair, Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
2009 – Present Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Commissioner
1993 – 2009 Indiana State Senate, Senator, District 30
1983 – 2004 Capitol Communications, Owner of Public Relations Firm
1981 – 1982 Inc. Magazine, Director of Information
1978 – 1980 National Federation of Independent Business, Legislative Representative
1976 – 1978 U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, Deputy Press Secretary, Legislative Assistant
1974 – 1975 Mayor Richard Lugar, Public Information Officer
1973 – 1974 Warren Central High School, English Teacher
Indiana University, AB, 1973
Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, MPA, 1981
Moderator, SKL Leadership Series, 2011-12
Member, Indiana Education Roundtable
Member, Indiana Career Council
Chair, State Higher Education Executive Officers
Commissioner and Former Chair, Midwestern Higher Education Commission
Commissioner, Education Commission of the States (2000 – 2009)
Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education, National Conference on State Legislatures (2007 – 2009)
Board Member, Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis (2004 – 2006)
Board of Trustees, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (1999 – 2004)
Board Member, Indiana School for the Blind (2000 – 2012)
Teresa S. Lubbers
Warren Central High School, 1969
Professional and Civic Involvement:
Co-Founder & Co-Chair, Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series
Awards:Welsh-Bowen Distinguished Hoosier Award, Indiana University, 2009
Born: July 5, 1951; Indianapolis
Husband: Mark Lubbers
Children: Betsy (married); Maggie (married)