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Shoultz named 2016 Administrator of the Year
Alumnus Gregg Shoultz (Educational Leadership) was honored by the Iowa High School Press Association. West High principal honored for support of student journalist  (

Scott Kibby approved as Liberty High principal
Congratulations to Scott Kibby (M.A. Educational Leadership) for being named principal of Iowa City Community School District's new Liberty High.

Flowers receives state commission appointment in South Carolina
Alumnus Lamont A. Flowers (M.A. Social Studies Education ’98, Ph.D. Higher Education ’00) has been appointed to serve on the State Commission for Minority Affairs in South Carolina.

'U.S. News' ranks College of Education online master's program among best in nation
In its 2016 report on the nation's best online master's degrees in education, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Iowa College of Education Educational Leadership Program #1 in Iowa and 17th best in the nation.
Leadership program makes big leap (Iowa Now)

Trepa named 2015 Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year
Julie Trepa, principal of Paul Norton Elementary School in the Bettendorf community School District, has been named the 2015 Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa. Trepa received her M.A. in Educational Leadership in 1999 and is a current Ed Leadership Ed.S. student.

International SIG of AERA selects student paper for presentation
"Teacher Collaboration in Asian Schools: Does It Impact Student Performance?" has been selected for presentation by the International Studies (IS) SIG of AERA. Co-authors: Wei-Lin Chen (Schools, Culture, and Society) and Asih Asikin-Garmager (School Curriculum and Assessment Policy).

Asikin-Garmager receives Stanley Award for International Research
Asih Asikin-Garmager, a graduate student in Educational Leadership, was awarded a Stanley Award for International Research. Congratulations!

Degner recommended for Iowa City director of schools
Matt Degner (Ph.D. Student, Ed Leadership), the principal of Iowa City’s South East Junior High School, has accepted the Iowa City Community School District’s director of schools position. He officially begins his new position on Monday, February 2, 2015. Congratulations, Matt!

U.S. News ranks online UI program among best for veterans
The University of Iowa College of Education’s M.A. in Educational Leadership was ranked number 13 in the U.S. News and World Report 2014 Best Online Programs for Veterans.

Maske named Administrator of the Year
Mary Ellen Maske, deputy superintendent of Cedar Rapids Community School District, has been named the 2014 Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa. Maske ('86 BA, 93 MA) completed the superintendent endorsement program in 2013.

CCSSO and NPBEA invite Dr. Liz Hollingworth
Dr. Liz Hollingworth has been invited to join The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Policy Board for Education Administration (NPBEA) to work together to refresh the ISLLC (Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium) reflecting new roles school leaders face today. CCSSO and NPBEA are committed to securing the highest levels of involvement and collaboration across the education profession to complete this work.

This project has the potential to truly impact the quality and effectiveness of the entire education profession by developing and implementing an aligned and coherent system for leaders that will positively impacting teacher practice and student learning.

Faculty and students from Educational Leadership attend 2013 UCEA Convention
Associate Professor Liz Hollingworth and Educational Leadership students presented their research at the 2013 University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Convention. Graduate student presenters: Asih Asikin-Garmager, Sarah Hale, Sumaira T. Khan, Dorian Olsen, Kathleen Winn.

New principal's hooked on kids
Megan Boomgarden, 26, the new principal at Immaculate Conception School in Charles City, first realized how much she liked working with kids after she tore her ACL while playing basketball at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids. Read the story in the Mason City Globe Gazette.

Spruill named head of middle school
Jabari Spruill is an alumni from the University of Iowa with an M.A. in Educational Leadership. The M.A. is one of a variety of degree options within the Educational Leadership Program at the University of Iowa. Learn more about Jabari Spruill and his new leadership position as the head of the middle school at Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte, North Carolina.