Dr. Ryan Wise began serving as dean of the Drake University School of Education in April 2020. Prior to his time at Drake, he was director of the Iowa Department of Education from July 2015 through March 2020.

Dr. Wise began his career as a high school history teacher in Mississippi and Nebraska before moving to his home state of South Dakota to launch and lead Teach for America on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations. He also worked to eliminate educational inequity around the world as one of the founding staff members of Teach for All, a global network of education entrepreneurs.

Dean Wise earned a doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification in history and social studies from Creighton University. He was named Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education in 2017.

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