Indianapolis-based Sagamore Institute has selected former Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers as its next president. The institute says founding President Jay Hein will become its first chief executive officer.
Lubbers, who left the higher ed position in April, will begin her new role with the public policy think tank immediately. Prior to her time as commissioner, she spent 17 years in the Indiana Senate.
“While I wasn’t looking for another full-time position when I left the Commission for Higher Education, I believe this role is an ideal way to use my state-level and education experience,” Lubbers said in written remarks. “I’m excited about joining Sagamore and the opportunity to serve its mission and expand its nationwide impact.”
The institute says Lubbers and Hein will work alongside each other with Lubbers focusing on crafting policy and influencing change.
Hein will focus on developing strategy and seeking additional growth opportunities, particularly within Commonwealth, Sagamore’s impact investment platform.
“Shortly after Teresa stepped down as commissioner for higher education, we began discussing what was next for her career,” Hein said. “We quickly discovered her desire to serve at a purpose-driven organization aimed at enduring impact coincided powerfully with Sagamore Institute’s need for a leader with her profile and character. I am excited about the direction in which Teresa will lead our organization.”
Lubbers was appointed Commissioner for Higher Education in 2009 by then-Governor Mitch Daniels. She also appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb in 2019 to chair the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet.