Preparing students to become educational leaders in their communities is a cornerstone of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) mission. Reflecting on the history of our graduate school, I am struck by the depth and breadth of educational leaders who have emerged from our programs and flourished in their practice. The rich educational contributions of our faculty, alumni, and students resound in their communities, across the nation, and around the world. Each day, these individuals create opportunities for positive change through their professions.
In leading by example, GSEP alumni, students, and faculty inspire others to serve with authenticity and grace. Adjunct professor Gary Stager along with GSEP alumni Sylvia Martinez and Paul Reynolds have formed a unique alliance bringing together educational technology publishers to aid educators and empower students in their learning journey. Four GSEP alumni have become Community College presidents providing leadership and direction for institutions across the United States. Alumna Dr. Elizabeth Rhodes survived the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and shares her story of living and working in New Orleans after the storm. Professor Diana Hiatt-Michael traveled to Oman to lead a workshop series on furthering parent involvement in student achievement. Even in challenging and uncertain times, these leaders remain steadfast in their dedication of service to others.
Each of these individuals is a true leader whose contributions promote a positive culture of learning whether at home or across the globe. I am grateful for their commitment to education and to all members of the Pepperdine family who are serving others and making a difference in the community.
Margaret J. Weber, Ph.D.