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Audience in Lecture






Assistant Clinical Professor


University of Houston


Dr. Duncan F. Klussmann is a Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Houston College of Education. Prior to joining U of H, he served as the Director of Education for the Kinder Foundation. He previously served as the Superintendent in Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD). Prior to this appointment, Duncan served as an Interim Superintendent and Area Superintendent for SBISD. During his 11-year tenure in SBISD, the school district passed the largest bond program in the history of the school district. The $597 million program replaced 13 aging elementary schools, renovated all remaining campuses, provided for new school buses, enhanced athletics facilities, and greatly expanded technology use in the school district. In 2012, Duncan helped create the SKY Partnership, which joins together SBISD with KIPP Houston (KIPP) and YES Prep Public Schools (YES Prep) at two district middle schools where new campus program charters now operate. In addition, Duncan worked closely with the Board of Trustees, community, staff and students on the creation of the Spring Branch Plan 2012-2017 Goal and Belief Statement. Under this goal, SBISD will double the number of students completing a technical certificate, and two-year or four-year degree. From these experiences, in 2020, Duncan co-founded a boutigue advising firm called Diversa Advisors. Duncan has twice served as President of the Texas School Alliance. He was recently named one of three 2014 Houstonians of the Year by the Houston Chronicle. A recipient of the Lifetime Member Award from the Texas Parent and Teacher Association, Duncan received the Hewlett-Packard Fellow in Executive Leadership Award in 2004 and the TABE Honoree Award for Public Education in 2012. He serves as a board member with United Way and remains active with numerous groups, including Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas Inc. and the Spring Branch Education Foundation. A native of Brenham, Texas, Duncan received a BBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned a M.Ed from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In 2004, New Jersey based Seton Hall University awarded him a doctorate in education. He lives in Houston with his wife, Marissa, and they have three grown children.

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