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|Kansas Commissioner of Education|
|September 15, 2010 - April 2014|
|Elections and appointments|
|Appointed||September 15, 2010|
|Appointed by||Kansas State Board of Education|
|Bachelor's||Emporia State University (1982)|
|Master's||Washburn University of Topeka (1987)|
|Ph.D.||Kansas State University (2002)|
DeBacker has had a long and varied career in education. Among her many positions she has served as Principal of Washburn Rural Alternative High School from 1998-2003, director of school improvement at accreditation at the state Department of Education from 2003-2006, been an instructor at Washburn University and Kansas State University from 2006-2008, Associate Superintendent of Shawnee Heights USD 450 from 2006–2008, and Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Learning and Innovative Services at the State Department of Education from 2008-2010.
- PhD, Educational Administration and Leadership, Kansas State University, 2002
- MA, Curriculum and Instruction, Washburn University of Topeka, 1987
- B.S., Business Education, Emporia State University, 1982
Kansas Commissioner of Education (2010-2014)
DeBacker was serving as interim Kansas Commissioner of Education for nearly a year when she was officially appointed as Commissioner in September 2010. She resigned in 2014 to take a job as an education adviser in the United Arab Emirates.
DeBacker was appointed Kansas Commissioner of Education by the Kansas State Board of Education on September 15, 2010. State Board Chair Janet Waugh said, “The State Board has every confidence in Dr. DeBacker’s ability to serve the students and educators of Kansas and to assist our state in navigating the changes in education and education policy it will face in the years ahead.”
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- Kansas State Department of Education, "DeBacker named Kansas Commissioner of Education," September 15, 2010
- The Topeka Capital-Journal, "Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker resigns for Abu Dhabi ed council," April 9, 2014
- The Wichita Eagle, "Kansas ed board meeting seeks opinions on qualities for new commissioner," May 22, 2014
- Diane DeBacker's resume, accessed October 10, 2012
|Kansas Commissioner of Education
September 15, 2010 - April 2014
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