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Indiana higher education chief stepping down next year
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Indiana higher education chief stepping down next year

Teresa Lubbers

Teresa Lubbers is Indiana's commissioner for higher education.

Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers is planning to leave her post overseeing programs and services at the state's colleges and universities following the mid-March adjournment of the 2022 General Assembly.

Lubbers, a former 17-year state senator from Indianapolis, is the nation's longest tenured state higher education executive officer with 12 years on the job.

Her accomplishments include moving Indiana closer to its goal of at least 60% of Hoosiers completing post-high school education or job training, aligning the distribution of financial aid with student success, and working to improve connections between higher education and the employment needs of Indiana businesses.

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She's also served as chairwoman of the Governor's Workforce Cabinet since its 2019 establishment by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb.

"Throughout my career, I have been blessed with opportunities for service that have enriched my life both personally and professionally. None of these roles has been more meaningful to me than my tenure at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education," Lubbers said.

"It has been my privilege to serve alongside a talented staff and visionary commission members who are committed to students and the state. I look forward to new ways to contribute to this next chapter of my life while ensuring a smooth transition to new leadership for the commission."

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Holcomb said Indiana has been fortunate to have Lubbers leading reforms to Indiana's higher education and workforce programs under the state's three most recent governors.

"We are grateful for her passion for students and employers and for helping Indiana make strides toward ensuring all Hoosiers have the education and training they need to prosper," Holcomb said.

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