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TERESA LUBBERS

Indiana's Commissioner for Higher Education

"The challenges in higher education have never been greater, but neither have the possibilities for transformation and collaboration. It will take all of us moving together to embrace a new higher education compact with a collective sense of urgency and optimism. This will determine our state's readiness and prosperity for decades to come."

About the Commissioner

Teresa Lubbers
Commissioner for Higher Education 
317-232-1020
tlubbers@che.in.gov


CHARLEE BEASOR

Associate Commissioner for Communications and Outreach

Charlee Beasor leads the Commission’s communications and outreach team, overseeing internal and external communications and student, school and community outreach efforts. She ensures the alignment of the Commission’s communications and outreach initiatives—including marketing, PR and media relations—with the agency’s mission and strategic plan.
Charlee most recently served as communications director for the Commission. Previously, she worked for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and wrote for its award-winning BizVoice® magazine. Charlee started her career in local journalism and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Franklin College.

Charlee Beasor
Associate Commissioner for Communications and Outreach
317-232-1060
cbeasor@che.in.gov


JOSH GARRISON

Associate Commissioner for Legislation and Program Implementation

Josh Garrison is responsible for the Commission’s legislative agenda. Garrison has on focused improving Indiana’s state financial aid programs, increasing opportunities for returning adults, and implementing the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship. Prior to joining the Commission, he held positions with Iowa State University and the Michigan Department of Human Services.

Garrison holds a B.S. in Politics and Government from Illinois State University and a J.D. from the Southern Illinois University School of Law. He resides in Fishers with his wife, Angela, and their two children.

Josh Garrison
Associate Commissioner for Legislation and Program Implementation
317-234-8232
jgarrison@che.in.gov


SETH HINSHAW

Associate Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer

Seth Hinshaw provides financial, budget, and policy analysis regarding higher education finance issues in Indiana. He serves the agency by overseeing financial operations, operating budgets that support the Commission’s statutory mission, legislative mandates, and human resources.
Hinshaw has served in various roles and capacities in state finance since 2014, most recently serving as a fiscal analyst with the Indiana Senate. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from Ball State University and is pursuing a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University.

Seth Hinshaw
Associate Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer
317-232-1025
shinshaw@che.in.gov


DR. KEN SAUER

Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer

Ken Sauer oversees new program approvals and program reviews; transfer, dual credit, and early college policies and programs; and campus mission statements/policies. He is the executive director of the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education; liaison to the Higher Learning Commission; and a member of the Governor’s Health Workforce Council.

Sauer also leads the Credential Engine Indiana initiative and serves as a member of Credential Engine’s Higher Education Advisory Committee. He provides leadership for the Indiana e-Transcript Program and Indiana’s statewide participation in the Comprehensive Learner Record initiative.

For the past 13 years he has been the Governor’s designee on the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), where he is the immediate Past Chair, a member of the Midwestern-State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA) Steering Committee, and co-founder of the Compact’s Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit. He also serves on the National Council-SARA Data Committee.

Previous employers include the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCES), where he helped lead the development of the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP), which NCES still uses for annually collecting data from all U.S. colleges and universities, and developed a projection model for reports to Congress on nursing needs and resources.

He holds a Ph.D. in Government/International Relations from the Claremont Graduate School (now Claremont Graduate University).


Ken Sauer, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer
317-232-1090
ksauer@che.in.gov


SEAN TIERNEY

Associate Commissioner for Policy and Research

Sean Tierney directs the Commission’s policy research and data efforts, including the higher education reporting process. Prior to joining the Commission in 2016, he was state policy officer at Lumina Foundation. Previously, Tierney held fiscal policy and data research positions with the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in economics, English and sociology in 2009 and a master's degree in public policy in 2011.

Sean Tierney
Associate Commissioner for Policy and Research
317-232-1070 
stierney@che.in.gov


MEDIA REQUESTS:



Allison Kuehr
Communications & PR Manager

317-232-1016
AKuehr@che.in.gov

COMMISSIONER SCHEDULING:



Joan Gabig
Executive Assistant to the Commissioner & Office Manager

317-232-1031

JGabig@che.in.gov

MEETINGS & EVENTS:

Liz Walker
Assistant Commissioner & Chief Strategy Officer
317-232-1030
LWalker@che.in.gov