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Kansas vice provost picked for secretary of administration

June 08, 2019 - 3:00 pm

Gov. Laura Kelly has nominated a University of Kansas vice provost DeAngela Burns-Wallace for secretary of administration.

Kelly announced her pick Friday. Burns-Wallace will replace Duane Goossen, who is retiring after serving in the secretary position on an interim basis throughout the legislative session.

Burns-Wallace is the vice provost for undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas and previously worked as a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department.

Burns-Wallace's federal work included stints in China and South Africa.

John Yeary, a legal adviser in the Department of Administration, will serve as interim secretary through the end of the month.

Kelly praised Goossen for his efforts to install accountability and transparency in state government.

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