As the new Executive Director for The Renaissance Group, I would like to express my appreciation and excitement about this role and the future of our organization. As you see with the theme of the 2015 Fall Conference, we recognize the need and ability of TRG member organizations to take a major role as a national force in educational renewal and reform.
I have participated in The Renaissance Group since our campus, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, became a member in 2009. At that time, I was the Associate Dean for Outreach Alliances in the Watson College of Education. Many of the goals and principles of The Renaissance Group were directly aligned with my organizational area, my work, and my passion through the years in higher education, including PK-12 partnerships, clinical field work application sites with trained partnership teachers and administrators, collaborative grants and professional development offerings for educators in the field and at the university, collaboration with faculty across campus for multidisciplinary efforts to improve schools, and mentoring of beginning teachers across the region and beyond.
As I moved into the Dean role and subsequently as Professor Emeritus, I have continued to embrace The Renaissance Group principles and have helped to lead efforts to operationalize these. During my career, I have enjoyed opportunities to develop alliances and strong, positive working relationships with educators across many organizational contexts. I look forward to continuing these efforts, working with and supporting each of the member institutions and The Renaissance Group organization in the future.
On behalf of the Board of Governors, we invite you to join us in San Antonio at the Fall Conference, giving us all an opportunity to learn more about and from the successes of your institution. The challenge and necessity to influence the future of education has never been greater – your expertise and voices are needed!