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Educational Leadership Doctoral Program continues to grow

WKU’s Educational Leadership Doctoral Program will have about 170 students when its ninth cohort begins classes this fall.

WKU’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership was approved in February 2008 by the Council on Postsecondary Education with the first cohort of students admitted in July 2008. The first graduates completed the program in May 2011. The program’s eighth cohort began classes this spring and the ninth cohort will begin this fall.

Members of the eighth cohort are: Brandon Blake of Bowling Green; Nicholas Boling of Philpot; John (Steve) Broadbent of Hopkinsville; Slone Cansler of Hopkinsville; Cindy Clemson of Murray; Caroline Crump of Almo; Brian Dunican of Bowling Green; Amber Ford of Smiths Grove; Stacey Forsythe of Bowling Green; Gerald Gifford of Bowling Green; Sara Jennings of Morgantown; Eric Keeling of Alvaton; Lisa Owen of Bowling Green; Christian Ryan-Downing of Franklin; and ShengHuei (Betty) Yu of Bowling Green.

Students selected for the ninth cohort are: Sharlene Baragona of Natchez, Miss.; Brian Brausch of Bowling Green; Geralyn Caplan of Evansville, Ind.; Carol Clark of Clarksville, Tenn.; Nicole Cobb of Louisville; Philip Coots of Ashland; Sakiba Dzelil of Bowling Green; Chika Ejike of Bowling Green; Scott Gordon of Bowling Green; Nicole Griffith-Green of Grayson; David Hamilton of Bowling Green; Amy Hardin of Bowling Green; Devan Icsman of Richmond; Andrew Kester of Clarksville, Tenn.; Jennifer Luttrell of Madisonville; Karen Mackey of Sebree; Ronald Marshall of Louisville; Corie Martin of Woodbury; Nadine Menser of Madisonville; Dawayne Meyer of Dunnville; Emily Williams of Bowling Green; and Dawn Winters of Bowling Green.

The interdisciplinary program develops “practitioner scholars” in four specialty areas – P-12 Administrative Leadership, Teacher Leadership, Postsecondary Leadership and Organizational Leadership — equipped to assume leadership roles in the multiple venues where education takes place and to work with educational partners to improve academic performance and increase learning at all levels.

Using blended delivery methods, including traditional face-to-face classroom settings, distance-learning formats, online platforms and on-site practicum settings, the WKU program makes it possible for students to remain in their current professional positions while completing the doctoral degree.

Contact: Gaye Pearl, (270) 745-3061.

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