Passport State Facilitator
Phyllis “Teddi” Safman
Phyllis (Teddi) Safman is the former assistant commissioner for academic affairs, Utah Board of Regents. Her responsibilities include general education assessment; statewide transfer and articulation; No Child Left Behind; teacher education; and working with Utah’s K-16 Alliance to improve high school to college articulation. In addition, she is the system representative for Lumina’s Tuning process and for the LEAP initiative. Safman received a Ph.D. in continuing education from the University of Illinois and held national, regional, and statewide leadership positions while serving as associate dean of continuing education at the University of Utah. She joined the commissioner’s staff in 1993, with a short break to work in accreditation and strategic planning in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Safman teaches a graduate class in organization and governance of higher education at the University of Utah.