Teresa Lubbers

Teresa Lubbers

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education

Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Don't look around wondering whether you're better or worse than the next person because it's not about that-it's about what you want to do.


My road in life has been direct.
Went to college to become a teacher
Worked in city government during college which made me realize I wanted to make a difference on the policy side of education
Worked on a successful political campaign and ended up in Washington, DC
Developed a relationship with a US Senator who became a close friend and mentor that inspired me to continue a career in politics / government
Went back to school to pursue my Master in Public Administration (MPA)
Started a public relations (PR) firm
Ran for state senate and won
Offered the opportunity to be the Commissioner for Higher Education in Indiana
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Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education

I lead the state agency that coordinates the system for higher education in Indiana.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

No one day is identical to the next, but most days incorporate communicating with internal and external stakeholders such as colleges, policymakers, foundations and employers. Our agency operates on a strategic plan focused on increasing educational attainment levels. My daily activities focus on that goal.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Get a mentor! Someone who is willing to invest time with you, push you, coach you and be honest with you. Get work experience in a field related to what you want to do to start building your skill level. Seek out public sector opportunities that develop leadership skills and build on your passions. Work extremely hard and opportunities will present themselves--- but you must be prepared.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"People always told me that you learn from your successes, leading me to be reluctant to take risks or to understand that you also learn from setbacks. "

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student