Gov. Dayton today appointed Sheila Wright -- dean of Hamline University's School of Education -- the new director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Wright joined Hamline in July 2009. She has also taught at Carleton College in Northfield and at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

From Dayton's release:

"Dr. Wright has dedicated her career in education to addressing the crucial issues of teacher quality and the achievement gap, working in P-12 and higher education, as well as in state government and non-profit organizations. She is widely respected as an innovator in the areas of faculty governance, assessment, general education, tenure, diversity, and community partnerships."

From Hamline's release:

"Wright joined Hamline in July of 2009 as dean of the School of Education. Before that, she served as associate dean of academic programs and as a tenured faculty member for the Saint Xavier University in Chicago’s School of Education. Wright has a wealth of experience from the not-for-profit, P-12 education, state government, and higher education sectors. She earned a bachelor of fine arts in art education from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a master of art education from Rhode Island School of Design, and a PhD in curriculum and instruction from North Carolina State University."