Deborah Verstegen, Ph.D.

Professor of Educational Leadership
Deborah Verstegen

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  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison


Deborah Verstegen is a Professor of Educational Leadership, College of Education, University of Nevada, Reno. She also served as Edwin J. O'Leary Endowed Chair of Financial Management, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and was Professor of finance and policy in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia for nearly two decades.  Prior to joining the university community, she was a teacher, administrator and legislative aide in state government.  She has had teaching experience at all levels, from pre-school, elementary, secondary, and community college, to university.  Her administrative experience in education is also broad.  She has been a central office administrator for a K-12 school system in Alaska's Iditarod Area School District, Director of the Mid-management Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and Department Chair in Educational Leadership at UNR.  She is author or co-author of over 300 books, articles, monographs and chapters, including the popular textbook, Financing Education in a Climate of Change. She has developed an equity statistic, later given her name by scholars--the "Verstegen Index." The focus of her scholarship is on equal opportunity and justice in the area of education finance, and the fiscal aspects of education policy at the state and national levels. Professor Verstegen  has been active in school finance litigation, as consultant with government and education organizations,  and in numerous professional organizations, twice serving on the Board of Directors for the national education finance association. Her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, awarded her an alumnae achievement award; she was named Distinguished National Fellow in Finance by the National Education Finance Association, and recently given a Lifetime Achievement Award.