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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.

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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.