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About the Commissioner of Education

Dr. Margie Vandeven, Missouri Commissioner of Education

Dr. Margie Vandeven was appointed Missouri’s sixth Commissioner of Education by the State Board of Education in December 2014. She assumed her new role Jan. 1, 2015.

Dr. Vandeven began her education career in 1990 as a communication arts teacher in O’Fallon.  From 1995-2002 she taught high school English and served as an administrator in Maryland, before returning to Missouri as an English teacher and administrator for three years at St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon.

In 2005 Dr. Vandeven joined the Department where she played a significant role in developing the fifth version of Missouri’s School Improvement Program (MSIP 5). During her nine years with the Department, Dr. Vandeven served as a supervisor of the Missouri School Improvement Program (2005-07), Director of School Improvement and Accreditation (2007-08), Director of Accountability Data and Accreditation (2008-10), Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Quality Schools (2010-13) and most recently as Deputy Commissioner of Learning Services (2013-15).

During the last four years, Dr. Vandeven assisted with the planning and implementation of the Department’s Top 10 by 20 initiative, which calls for Missouri to be one of the top 10 states for education by 2020.

Dr. Vandeven earned a bachelor’s degree (1990) in education from Missouri State University and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision (2003) from Loyola College in Maryland.  She received a doctorate of philosophy in educational leadership (2014) from Saint Louis University.

She and her husband, David, reside in O’Fallon.