Rick Jakeman, EdD serves as the Delaware Department of Education’s Associate Secretary for Workforce Support. This role leverages the department’s k12, postsecondary, and workforce systems to establish policy, scale effective practices, and promote sustainable career options for Delaware’s youth and adult learners. This work includes the leadership of the:
- Career and Technical Education/STEM workgroup,
- Higher Education office,
- Educator Licensure & Certification office,
- Educator Excellence workgroup, and
- Investigations staff.
Dr. Jakeman has more than 20 years of experience as a higher education faculty member and senior administrator. Prior to this role, Jakeman served as associate professor of Higher Education Administration and associate dean for Master’s Studies and Student Life at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Jakeman also served as the director of leadership and volunteer development at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri where he established a college and career pathway program for middle and high school students and their families.