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Teresa Lubbers, Commissioner
Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education

Teresa Lubbers was appointed in 2009 to serve as Indiana’s Commissioner for Higher Education, the coordinating agency charged with ensuring that the state’s postsecondary education system is aligned to meet the needs of students and the state.  Prior to joining the Commission, Lubbers served in the Indiana State Senate for 17 years, leading on education and economic development issues as Chair of the Senate Education and Career Development Committee. 

As Commissioner, Lubbers has worked to increase college completion, improve productivity, and ensure academic quality.   She has partnered with policymakers and higher education leaders to implement the state’s higher education strategic plan, Reaching Higher, Achieving More and promoted innovative educational models and efforts to control college costs.

Lubbers served as Commissioner and Chair of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, Commissioner for the Education Commission of the States, and as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education for the National Conference of State Legislatures.  She is the current Chair of the State Higher Education Executive Officers, and serves on the Indiana Education Roundtable and the Indiana Career Council. 

Lubbers holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 

Current as of July 22, 2014

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Curriculum Vitae

Teresa S. Lubbers
Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Work Experience:

 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


Warren Central High School, 1969
  Indiana University, AB, 1973
  Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, MPA, 1981

Professional and  Civic Involvement: 

Co-Founder & Co-Chair, Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series
Board of Directors and Chair, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
   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)


Welsh-Bowen Distinguished Hoosier Award, Indiana University, 2009
 Women of Achievement, YWCA of Indianapolis, 2006
 Torchbearer Award, Women in Government, Indiana Commission on Women, 2006
 Indiana’s 25 Keepers, Inside Indiana Business, 2004
 Women in the Lead Honoree, Indianapolis Business Journal, 2002
 Education Leader of the Year, GEO Foundation, 2001
 Alumni Hall of Fame, Warren Central High School, 2000
 Government Leader of the Year, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 1998
 Chamber of Commerce (Small Business Council), Champion of Small Business, 1996,  2001  
 NFIB Guardian of Small Business, 1995; Chairman’s Award 2001, 2003
 Most Influential Women in Indianapolis, Indiana Business Journal, 1995
 Network of Women in Business, Honoree, 1994
 Sagamore of the Wabash, 1988


 Born: July 5, 1951; Indianapolis
  Husband: Mark Lubbers
  Children: Betsy (married); Maggie (married)  

Curriculum Vitae in Adobe PDF.