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March 22, 2005
Contact: Dan Lara, University Relations, (785) 864-8855.

Kansas Education Commissioner Andy Tompkins to join KU education faculty

LAWRENCE -- Kansas Education Commissioner Andy Tompkins will leave his post in June and join the faculty at the University of Kansas School of Education.

Tompkins, who has been education commissioner since 1996, will become an associate professor in the School of Education's Educational Leadership Program, which prepares students earning their master's and doctoral degrees for careers as principals, superintendents and other school administrators.

" KU is very pleased to have someone of Andy Tompkin's experience join the School of Education," said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger. "He brings to the university a unique perspective, having served as a teacher, principal, superintendent and leader of K-12 education in Kansas."

Prior to becoming education commissioner, Tompkins was interim dean of the School of Education at Pittsburg State University, as well as chair of Pittsburg State's Department of Special Services and Administrative Studies. He spent 17 years as a superintendent for school districts in Salina, El Dorado and Satanta. He was named Kansas Superintendent of the Year for the 1991-92 school year.

Tompkins began his career as a high school English teacher in Hugoton and Pauls Valley, Okla.

" I look forward to joining KU's School of Education," Tompkins said. "What an exciting opportunity for me to help develop school leaders, conduct research and make KU's leadership program the best it can be."

Tompkins earned a bachelor's degree in English from East Central State University, Ada, Okla.; a master's degree in educational administration from Emporia State University; and a doctorate in education, also in educational administration, from KU.

" The School of Education is very excited to bring Andy to KU," said Fred Rodriguez, interim dean of the School of Education. "With his strong interest in teaching and research, he will take us in new directions, and he will raise our profile regionally and nationally."


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