Teresa S. Lubbers

Indiana Commission for Higher Education
(Commissioner Alternate)
(317) 464-4400 x21020
101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 550
Appointment Term: 
Jan 5, 2010

Teresa Lubbers became Indianas commissioner for higher education in 2009, following a 17-year career in the Indiana State Senate. During her tenure as a senator, she chaired the Education and Career Development Committee, leading efforts to improve K-12 and higher education. Lubbers has been active in many organizations, including the Indiana Education Roundtable, Midwestern Higher Education Compact, Independent Colleges of Indiana, Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education, Education Commission of the States, and the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She is co-founder and co-chair of the Richard Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, a 20-year old program that prepares women for positions in the public sector, and is a board member of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. For more than 15 years, Lubbers operated Capitol Communications, a communications firm. She served as director of information for Inc. magazine, deputy press secretary and legislative assistant for the Office of Senator Richard Lugar, and public information officer for Mayor Lugar. Lubbers taught English at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. She earned her masters degree in public administration from Harvard Universitys Kennedy School of Government in 1981, and a bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University in 1973. Lubbers has won numerous awards, including the states Sagamore of the Wabash, the Indiana Chamber of Commerces Government Leader of the year, the GEO Foundations Education Leader of the Year, the Indiana Commission on Womens Torchbearer Award for Women in Government, and Indiana Universitys Welsh-Bowen Distinguished Hoosier Award.Updated: 8.23.2012