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Brad Neuenswander
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Kansas Commissioner of Education
Incumbent (Acting)
In office
April 2014-present
Term ends
July 1, 2015
Base salary$170,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedApril 2014
Appointed byKansas State Board of Education
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionDeputy Kansas Commissioner of Education
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Brad Neuenswander is the current Acting Commissioner of Education in Kansas. He has served in this position since April 2014, when former Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker resigned to become an adviser to the director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council in the United Arab Emirates. Upon her departure, Neuenswander, as the deputy commissioner, was tapped to fill the position in an interim capacity.[1][2] The Kansas Board of Education hired Randy Watson to formally succeed DeBacker as commissioner, effective July 1, 2015, at which time Neuenswander will return to the role of deputy commissioner.[3]


Neuenswander is a former superintendent of the Cheney and Ellis school districts. He worked seven years in the state department of education, serving as deputy commissioner for the last three leading up to his appointment as interim commissioner in April 2014.[1]

Political career

Acting Kansas Commissioner of Education (2014-present)

Neuenswander was made Acting Commissioner of Education in April 2014. He is filling the role temporarily while the State Board of Education searches for a permanent replacement to former Commissioner Diane DeBacker. DeBacker resigned in 2014 to take a job as an education adviser in the United Arab Emirates.[1]



Neuenswander was appointed Deputy Kansas Commissioner of Education three years before being tapped to fill in for resigned commissioner Diane DeBacker in April 2014.

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Preceded by
Diane DeBacker
Kansas Commissioner of Education
April 2014 - present
Succeeded by