Carolyn Dumaresq

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Carolyn Dumaresqu
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Pennsylvania Secretary of Education
Former officeholder
In office
August 26, 2013 - January 20, 2015
Base salary$150,253
Elections and appointments
AppointedAugust 26, 2013
Appointed byGov. Tom Corbett (R)
Term limitsN/A
High schoolUpper Merion High School (1965)
Bachelor'sHood College
Master'sVillanova University
Ph.D.University of Pennsylvania
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Carolyn Dumaresqu is the former Pennsylvania Secretary of Education.[1] She served in this role from August 26, 2013, when she was named to fill the vacancy left following William E. Harner's resignation, to January 20, 2015, when current Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf came into office.[2]

Dumaresq agreed to lead the department until Gov. Corbett's term expired in 2014. She said she planned to give up the job in order to have more time to show her dogs at competitions, teach dog obedience classes and volunteer at no-kill shelters.[3]


Dumaresqu has a long history of experience in public education. Immediately prior to her appointment, she was serving as Executive Deputy Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education in the Pennsylvania Department of Education.[1]

Beginning her career as a math teacher, Dumaresqu went on to teach at the college level at Temple and Penn State universities. Among the many other roles she has served in, Dumaresqu has been Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and President of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.[4]


  • Doctor of education in personnel and labor relations, University of Pennsylvania
  • Master of arts in secondary administration, Villanova University
  • Bachelor of arts in mathematics, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland

Political career

Pennsylvania Secretary of Education (2013-2015)

Dumaresqu served as Pennsylvania Secretary of Education from August 26, 2013, to January 20, 2015. She was appointed to fill the position after William Harner was asked to resign.[1]



Dumaresqu was named by Gov. Tom Corbett to be the acting Secretary of Education on August 26, 2013.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Harner
Pennsylvania Secretary of Education
August 2013-2015
Succeeded by
Pedro A Rivera