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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 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.

During Dr. Vandeven's ten years with the Department, she has 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).

Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, 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 is passionate about ensuring all Missouri students are prepared for post-secondary success after leaving the PK-12 system.

A native of Missouri, 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 Foristell.