A longtime educator and current Director of School Finance for the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has been elevated to a higher post.

A longtime educator and current Director of School Finance for the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has been elevated to a higher post.

Brad Neuenswander was promoted to the position of Deputy Commissioner for Learning Services for the KSDE on Thursday and the appointment is effective immediately.

Neuenswander replaces Diane DeBacker, who was named Commissioner of Education in September.

“I’m deeply honored to have this opportunity and I look forward to being able to have an even greater impact on decisions related to educational instruction in our state,” Neuen-swander said. “I believe strongly that the Kansas State Department of Education has an obligation to ensure high educational standards for our state and I’m looking forward to working with our staff and educators around the state toward that goal.”

Neuenswander has served as the Director of School Finance for the last four years and is expected to continue in that role until a replacement is found.

Prior to joining KSDE in 2007, Neuenswander was the superintendent of USD 268 in Cheney for six years and the superintendent of USD 388 in Ellis for three years. He served as a high school principal in USD 331 Kingman, an assistant principal in USD 268 Cheney and as a business teacher in USD 211 Norton.

Neuenswander has a bachelor’s degree in business from Baker University and earned his education certification from Bethany College in Lindsborg. He received a Master of Education Administration degree from Kansas State University and a District Administration certification from Wichita State University.

As the Deputy Commissioner for Learning Services, Neuenswander will oversee the departments of Teacher Education and Licensure; Career, Standards and Assessment Services; Research and Evaluation; Special Education Services; and Title Programs and Services at KSDE.

“Brad is an excellent choice for this position and I’m grateful he was willing to serve,” DeBacker said. “His experience both in the agency and in the field, serving as a superintendent, principal and teacher, will serve him well in his new position. His credibility with educators and education organizations will continue to be a positive for the agency.”

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140