For Immediate Release:
February 17, 2020
Kansas Department of Administration Secretary DeAngela Burns-Wallace sworn into office
Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace was sworn in as cabinet secretary for the Kansas Department of Administration during a ceremony today at the Kansas Capitol.
Kansas Court of Appeal Judge Stephen Hill administered the oath of office to Burns-Wallace, whose nomination by Governor Laura Kelly was unanimously approved by the Kansas Senate in January. Governor Kelly attended the swearing-in ceremony, with Burns-Wallace’s family, friends and staff as guests.
“Secretary Burns-Wallace’s experience and achievements make her an extraordinary and highly qualified choice to lead the Department of Administration,” Governor Kelly said. “I know her unwavering commitment to public service will continue to be a driving force as she serves Kansans with distinction.”
In addition to leading the Department of Administration since July, Burns-Wallace was named the chief information technology officer (CITO) for the State of Kansas Executive Branch in August. Burns-Wallace is the first woman of color to serve as secretary for the Department of Administration or as executive branch CITO.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to be a part of Governor Kelly’s administration and to lead an agency that performs a critical role in state government service,” Burns-Wallace said. “This is an agency made up of individuals who are passionate about our purpose and who know we can make a difference.”
Prior to Governor 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.