Professor Honored at Education Conference

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Deborah Verstegen, University of Nevada, Reno professor of education finance, policy and leadership in the College of Education, recently published her research on public education finance in the Education Policy Analysis Archives. Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas.
Deborah Verstegen, University of Nevada, Reno professor of education finance, policy and leadership in the College of Education, recently published her research on public education finance in the Education Policy Analysis Archives. Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas.

University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Professor of Education Policy and Finance, Deborah Verstegen, was honored recently at the National Education Finance Conference.

Verstegen has been a faculty member in UNR’s College of Education since 2004. Her expertise focuses on equal opportunity and justice in the area of education finance. She recently authored a study on comprehensive, public K-12 education finance systems in each state.

The National Education Finance conference brings together legislators, higher education experts, K-12 educators and state agencies to collaborate on and discuss school finance.

Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award have contributed to the improvement of education funding across the U.S.

Verstegen has twice served as a member of the board of directors of the American Educational Finance Association, is on the NEFC Board of Advisors and was editor of the Journal of Education Finance.

She has created an equality statistic later given her name, the Verstegen Index, and is coauthor of the most widely used text in the field of finance and policy, “Financing Education in a Climate of Change.”

“This national recognition is a testament to the tremendous amount of influence Deborah’s work has had across the country,” said Ken Coll, UNR College of Education dean. “This national recognition from her peers is well deserved.”

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