Dawn B. Crim was appointed by Governor Evers in January 2019 as Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services. In addition, she serves as a member of the Edgewood College Board of Trustees and as Vice President of the Madison Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. She most recently served as Assistant State Superintendent for Student and School Success at the Department of Public Instruction.
Secretary Crim has demonstrated effective leadership and extensive managerial skills throughout her career. She has over 25 years of education experience, coupled with extensive community engagement. Previously, she served as the Associate Dean for External Relations at UW-Madison and President of the Madison Network of Black Professionals. She has been recognized for several awards, most notably the 2017 Penn State University School of Education Leadership and Service Award, as well as in Wisconsin with the 2017 Jefferson Award, 2017 United Way Community Volunteer Award, and 2016 Urban League of Greater Madison Impact Award.