Teresa Lubbers, commissioner of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, was awarded the inaugural Exceptional Leader Award from the State Higher Education Executive Officers.
The award is based on her leadership, commitment to higher education, contribution to the greater good, and service to the SHEEO association, a national organization whose members include chief executives of statewide governing, policy and coordinating boards of postsecondary education.
Lubbers has served as the Indiana commissioner for higher education for nine years. During that time, she has led the development and implementation of Indiana’s higher education strategic plans and has focused on improving completion rates for all Hoosiers, with a focus on closing achievement gaps
Lubbers’ goal is to align higher education preparation with workforce needs by working with policymakers, educators and employers.
“Throughout her decades of service, Teresa has been a national leader on K-12 and higher education policy issues,” said Gov. Eric Holcomb “Her commitment to building consensus, closing achievement gaps, and putting students first is a model for all public servants.”
He said Lubbers’ work has helped move the needle on postsecondary attainment and provided greater opportunities for countless Hoosiers to improve their lives.
Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech Community College, said Lubbers’ policies have resulted in Indiana students completing their education at higher and faster rates.
“She has championed dual credit, financial aid reform, performance funding, the core transfer library, single articulation pathways, and many more policies, always placing the student at the center, pursuing equity for all students,” Ellspermann said.
SHEEO also presented an Exceptional Agency Award to the Office of the Idaho State Board of Education and the David L. Wright Memorial Award to Andrew Rauch, director of institutional finance at the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Award recipients were honored at the inaugural SHEEO Excellence Awards at the association’s 65th annual meeting in Park City, Utah on July 10.