Kansas Department of Administration News Releases

Senate confirms DeAngela Burns-Wallace to lead Department of Administration

Jan 16, 2020

For Immediate Release:

January 16, 2020

Samir Arif

Senate confirms DeAngela Burns-Wallace to lead Department of Administration

DeAngela Burns-Wallace The Kansas Senate today unanimously confirmed Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace as cabinet secretary for the Kansas Department of Administration.

An official swearing-in ceremony for Burns-Wallace, who has served as acting secretary since July, will take place February 5.

“I would like to thank Governor Kelly for this opportunity to serve the people of Kansas and the Legislature for the bipartisan support my nomination received during this process,” Burns-Wallace said. “It is an honor to be able to work alongside the dedicated men and women of the Department of Administration in meeting the Department’s mission.”

In addition to leading the Department of Administration, Gov. Kelly named Burns-Wallace in August as the chief information technology officer (CITO) for the State of Kansas Executive Branch. Burns-Wallace is the first woman of color to serve as secretary for the department of administration or as executive branch CITO.

Prior to Gov. Kelly’s appointment, Burns-Wallace served as the vice provost for undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas. Her 15-year career in higher education includes positions at the University of Missouri and Stanford University. Burns-Wallace continues to hold faculty appointments at KU, MU and the University of Southern California. Burns-Wallace began her career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She served Foreign Service tours in Guangzhou and Beijing, China; Pretoria, South Africa; and in Washington D.C.

Burns-Wallace earned a dual bachelor’s degree in international relations and African American studies from Stanford University, a Master of Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

To download Secretary Burns-Wallace official photo, click here.