A former interim Deputy Education Commissioner is returning to the role in a permanent position.
Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Alexa Posny Wednesday appointed Dr. Diane DeBacker Deputy Commissioner of Education. DeBacker will be responsible for overseeing the Division of Learning & Innovative Services.
DeBacker has over 25 years experience as an educator, beginning as a high school business education teacher in 1982. She's also served as the director of Washburn University's Kansas Competency-Based Curriculum Center; an assistant principal at Washburn Rural High School; principal of Washburn Rural Alternative High School; and director of School Improvement and Accreditation for the Kansas State Department of Education from 2003-2006. Additionally, DeBacker served as Interim Deputy Commissioner of Education from April 2006 through June 2006. She currently is the associate superintendent of Shawnee Heights USD 450.
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Diane back to the Kansas State Department of Education. The experiences she gained at the district and state level will serve her well as she works with educators across the state,” Posny said in a statement. “Her demonstrated leadership, management style, and communication skills, as well as collaboration and decision-making skills made her the ideal candidate for the position of Deputy Commissioner. I look forward to working with her.”
DeBacker's position is effective July 1, 2008.