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About Secretary Dumaresq

Acting Secretary of Education
Carolyn Dumaresq

Carolyn C. Dumaresq, Ed.D.Carolyn C. Dumaresq, Ed.D., was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to serve as Secretary of Education on August 26, 2013.

A resident of Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Dumaresq most recently served as Executive Deputy Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education in the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

She brings an extensive background of public education experience to her role as a member of Governor Corbett’s cabinet, including serving as superintendent of Central Dauphin School District, Dauphin County; superintendent of Steelton-Highspire School District, Dauphin County; chief school administrator of the Harrisburg-Steelton Highspire Vocational School, Dauphin County; executive director of the Pennsylvania State Education Association; assistant principal of East Junior High School in West Chester School District, Chester County; personnel director at Interboro School District, Delaware County; principal of the alternative school and mathematics teacher at Upper Darby Senior High School, Upper Darby School District, Delaware County; associate professor at Temple University; visiting professor at Penn State Harrisburg; and an instructor at Widener University.

Dumaresq previously worked in the Department of Education from 1976 to 1983 as a special assistant to the Commissioner for Basic Education and as an executive director.

Dumaresq received a doctor of education in personnel and labor relations from the University of Pennsylvania, a master of arts in secondary administration from Villanova University and a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Hood College, Frederick, Maryland.

In 2008, she received the Education Policy and Leadership Center’s Ed Donley Award and the Keystone Research Center’s Sol Hoffman Award.

She was named Community Woman of the Year in 1997 by the American Association of University Women.

In 1996, she received the Leadership on the Line National Award from the American Association of School Administrators.

She was named Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year in 1994 and was recognized as outstanding superintendent by the Pennsylvania Music Educators in 1992.

Dumaresq is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg and is chair of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities Women’s Fund.

She is a former member of the American Association of School Administrators; the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, where she served as president in 1994-95; Phi Delta Kappa and Delta Kappa Gamma at the American Association of University Women; and the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the National Education Association.

She previously served on the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children Board; the Penn State Outreach Advisory Board; the Governor’s Center for Excellence Governing Board; the National Council of State Education Agencies, where she served as president in 2007; the Training America’s Teachers Commission; PA 2000 Chairman’s Cabinet; Council of Public Education Executive Board; the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Advisory Board; the Capital Area Health Futures Task Force; Harrisburg Hospital Board; DUI Dauphin County Advisory Board; the Governor’s Work Force Investment Board; Boy Scouts of America Executive Board; United Way; Rotary International; Open Stage Board; the Greater Harrisburg Foundation Allocations Board; Crime Stoppers of Dauphin County Advisory Board; Junior League Advisory Board; and the Pennsylvania Energy Office Advisory Board.

Dumaresq is a 1965 graduate of Upper Merion High School in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

She is married to Richard Dumaresq and they have three children: Mary, Jocelyn and Beth.