Ezell named chair of teacher education division

Release Date: 1/13/2010

Clarksville, Ark. --- Dr. Glenda Ezell has been named the new chair of the Division of Education at University of the Ozarks.

Ezell, a 1990 graduate of Ozarks, has taught in the university’s Pat Walker Teacher Education Program since 2006. She also served as director of field experiences at U of O from 1999-2002. She replaces Dr. George Stone, who retired in December.

“Dr. Glenda Ezell is a high-quality educator with an amazing work ethic and knowledge base,” said Ozarks President Dr. Rick Niece. “I am pleased that she is in the position not only to influence our teacher preparation students, but to positively affect the entire department.”

A lifelong resident of Paris, Ark., Ezell earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Ozarks before earning her Ed.D. in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas. She worked for 15 years in the Paris School District as well as four years at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, where she served as coordinator of early childhood education and director of field experiences.

At Ozarks she has served as coordinator of early childhood education and special education.

“I look forward to working with this great team of faculty members, administrators and other professionals to face the challenges ahead,” said Ezell. “I view those challenges as opportunities to learn, to grow and to improve.”

Ezell has written and coordinated numerous grants to improve education in Arkansas, including the Exceeding Expectations program that she co-authored with Dr. Curtis Varnell. Exceeding Expectations involves faculty from the U of O math and science department working with area schools to improve teaching skills and knowledge in those areas. In 1992 she worked with Arkansas Department of Education to implement an alternative-learning environment for at-risk students. The pilot program won a regional award for being innovative and successful.