Leadership Team

James CibulkaJames G. Cibulka
As president of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and its predecessor NCATE, Cibulka has focused on making accreditation a lever for change and reform in educator preparation to better meet urgent national P-12 needs. Under his leadership, the accreditation process focuses on moving educator preparation to excellence through continuous improvement and research-based transformation.

Cibulka has a long and distinguished record in higher education. Prior to his appointment as president of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), he served as dean of the College of Education at the University of Kentucky from 2002 to 2008, where he also held academic appointments in two departments. While in Kentucky, Cibulka was appointed by the governor to the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board, and he served as chair of that body.

Cibulka started his career as an administrator for the Chicago Board of Education and as a teacher and administrator in the Model City Community Schools Program in Duluth, Minn. His first university appointment was at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he served for 23 years, establishing the Department of Community Education and directing the PhD program in urban education. Cibulka also served as the associate dean, chair, and professor at the University of Maryland’s College of Education.

Cibulka is the author of numerous books and scores of articles on education policy, administration, and community development. From 1992 to 1995, he also served as editor of the Educational Administration Quarterly. In 2006 he received the Stephen K. Bailey Award by the Politics of Education Association for “shaping the intellectual and research agendas of the field.”

Cibulka earned a BA from Harvard College, graduating magna cum laude, and a PhD from the University of Chicago.

Mishaela Duran

Mishaela Durán
Chief of Staff, CAEP Transition
As chief of staff of the CAEP transition, Durán builds capacity for the unification of NCATE and TEAC, staffs the Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting, and oversees special projects for the president. Prior to joining CAEP, Durán served as the interim executive director of the National PTA, leading the nation’s largest child advocacy association representing 5 million members, 50 state congresses, and 25,000 local chapters. Durán has worked on children’s policy issues for more than a decade on the federal, state, and local levels, concentrating on reforms in education, workforce development, child welfare, and juvenile justice. Durán brings a practitioner’s lens to her work, having worked as a public school teacher.

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Thanh Tran
Chief Financial Officer
In his role as chief financial officer, Tran is responsible for all aspects of the financial management for the organization, including overseeing the accounting, banking, budgeting, investment, risk management and financial planning and analysis functions.

Prior to joining CAEP, Tran was an independent business development and investment consultant working with various companies within the private equity and venture capital markets. Before that, he was a Senior Vice President at Alliance-Bernstein, LLP, an institutional investment firm based in New York and San Francisco. While at Alliance-Bernstein, he was responsible for conducting investment research and formulating investment strategies for institutional and private assets totaling over $15.0 Billion within the consumer, media and technology sectors.

He holds a A.B degree in Mathematics, Economics, and Philosophy from Boston College and a M.B.A from the Colgate Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

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Hilda Tompkins
Vice President, Accreditation



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Stevie Chepko
Vice President, Program Review