May 13, 2009
09-098

Thressea Boyd
Director of Communications

VSU to Offer Doctoral Program at Macon State

VALDOSTA--The University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved Valdosta State University’s request to offer a Doctor of Education at the campus of Macon State College.

Beginning in August, VSU will offer its existing Doctor of Education with a major in leadership on the campus of Macon State College. The program was developed based on a survey of current educators and increased interest from potential students in the Macon area.

“This provides an opportunity for Valdosta State to further assist the public education system in Georgia and prepare educational leaders,” said Dr. Phil Gunter, dean of the Dewar College of Education at Valdosta State University. “This program will also help increase the number of educators needed at Georgia’s two-year and four-year colleges.”

The Leadership doctoral degree program is designed for P-12 educators, college or university personnel, or leaders in other organizations. The program does not automatically result in P-12 leadership certification. This program has the potential to impact the region by developing a group of professionals who will positively influence and transform the organizations in which they serve.

“The critical need for teachers is well-known, but the need for education leaders also is vital,” said Dr. Barbara Frizzell, vice president for Academic Affairs at Macon State College. “The doctoral program to be offered on our campus by a sister institution not only enriches our own academic environment but also establishes a conduit to increase the education leadership talent pool for Central Georgia and beyond.”

For more information, visit VSU’s Graduate School at http://www.valdosta.edu/gradschool/ .