Casandra E. Ulbrich, Ph.D.

Casandra Ulbrich, Ph.D. (D-Dearborn) was elected to the State Board of Education in 2006 and re-elected in 2014 to serve a second eight-year term expiring January 1, 2023. She currently serves as the President of the Board. 

Casandra has spent the majority of her career in higher education administration. She currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  Prior to joining UM-Dearborn, Casandra served as the Vice President for College Advancement and Community Relations at Macomb Community College for eight years, where she oversaw the college's marketing and communications, public relations, cultural affairs and foundation. She was also employed at Wayne State University for over ten years, serving in various administrative positions, including Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. Casandra began her career as a Press Secretary to former U.S. House Democratic Whip David Bonior, acting as the official spokesperson for the Congressman.

Casandra serves on various committees of the National Association of State Boards of Education and the Midwest Higher Education Compact.  She is also a volunteer K-9 handler with Search and Rescue of Michigan and Wolverine State Search and Recovery.

Casandra has been recognized as one of Michigan's 40 under 40 by Crain's Detroit Business, received the Service to Schools Award by the Macomb Intermediate School District, the Liberty Bell Award from the Macomb Bar Foundation and is the recipient of an honorary degree from her alma mater, St. Clair County Community College.   

The first in her family to attend college, Casandra earned an Associates Degree from St. Clair County Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), a Masters Degree in Communication from Wayne State University in Detroit, and a Ph.D. in Communication, also from Wayne State University.

She and her husband reside in Dearborn with their German Shepherd, Gryphon.