Hamline Dean Sheila Wright named state Higher Ed chief

Sheila Wright, a dean in Hamline University’s School of Education, has been named the state’s new director of the Office of Higher Education by Gov. Mark Dayton.

The governor’s office said Wright has “dedicated her career in education to addressing the crucial issues of teacher quality and the achievement gap.”

The Higher Education office provides students with financial aid programs and post-secondary information, and administers $150 million dollars a year in need-based grants to Minnesota residents.

Wright was previously associate dean of academic programs and professor at St. Xavier University in Chicago and also taught at Carleton College in Northfield and at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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