NASCA Announces Burns-Wallace as Executive Committee Member

Monday, October 11, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky — The National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA) is pleased to announce the election of Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace as an At-Large Director of the Executive Committee.  As a member of the Executive Committee, Burns-Wallace is tasked with providing robust thought leadership on issues that transform state government operations and advising on daily operations of the national association.

Dr. Burns-Wallace currently serves as the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Administration. Appointed by Governor Kelly in August 2019, Dr. Burns-Wallace brings a wealth of experience to her role. A Kansas City native, Dr. Burns-Wallace is the proud mother of her son Xavier. As Secretary, Dr. Burns-Wallace strives to lead with authenticity, and her commitment, effort, and passion for serving the state of Kansas is evident through her work and leadership. 

Dr. Burns-Wallace earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and in African and African American studies at the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford in 1996. She then completed her master’s degree in Public Administration at Princeton University in 1998, followed by her doctorate in Education at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

Prior to her appointment, Dr. Burns-Wallace most recently served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Kansas. Dr. Burns-Wallace began her career as a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) with the U.S. Department of State; a role in which she completed Foreign Service tours worldwide and earned a Superior Honor and three Meritorious Honor awards from the U.S. State Department.

With a background in education, Dr. Burns-Wallace has held various leadership roles and has received numerous awards, opportunities, and honors throughout career; specifically, she was selected for the 2019 Leadership Kansas Cohort and the 2013-14 Emerging Leaders Fellowship with the American Council on Education. Also of note is her service as a campus leader for the University Innovation Alliance and her award as a White House Champion of Change College Opportunity in 2018. Dr. Burns-Wallace is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc., an organization committed to servant-leadership in communities across the globe.

Dr. Burns-Wallace was elected to the Stanford University Board of Trustees in June 2020 and has previously held roles on the boards of numerous local, regional, and national organizations, such as the Stanford University Board of Governors, the College Board, the Heart of Missouri United Way, and St. Louis Graduates. Additionally, Dr. Burns-Wallace has served on various committees to select students for undergraduate and graduate scholarships; namely, she has served on the committees to select Gates Millennium Scholars, Dell Foundation Scholars, Rhodes Scholars, Marshall Scholars, and Fulbright Scholars.

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