Hall focuses on educational leadership cultivated at ISU

February 4 2008

TERRE HAUTE •Indiana State University’s College of Education has long focused on leadership, now officials plan to showcase it.

“Leadership is integral to today’s schools and colleges and to the future of education,” said Josh Powers, director of the department of educational leadership, administration and foundations. “Leadership has been the strong focus of the College of Education for decades.”

On the second floor of University Hall, which is being renovated to house the College of Education and will open in 2009, one wing • Leadership Hall -- also will act as a showcase for those who have excelled in providing leadership at schools, colleges and universities.

“There will be a place to honor current students and alums on achievements they have had,” Powers said.

In conjunction with the development of Leadership Hall, a capital campaign kicked off in November with a goal to raise $150,000, Danyelle Ard, assistant director of annual fund for the ISU Foundation, said. As of February, giving had totaled more than $60,000. The campaign continues until University Hall opens in the fall of 2009.

In addition to housing the department of educational leadership, Leadership Hall also will be the home for the North Central Association and the new Center for Pedagogy. The hall also will have the only balcony access to the atrium, which is a centerpiece of the University Hall project.

“It will have a timeline about the creation of the department with K-12, higher education and student affairs,” Ard said about other Leadership Hall components. “It will bring them all together.”

The hall will be named for Robert Boyd, ISU associate professor of educational leadership and director of administrative placement, in recognition of his dedication to the educational field and the preparation of administrative leaders.

“He is a long-time member of the education community and has been a part of our faculty for many years,” Powers said.

Boyd started in education in 1965 and spent the past 20 years with ISU.

“I believe that the long history of the department of educational leadership at ISU and its contribution to the many school administrators across Indiana and many states in the U.S. will be appropriately acknowledged by the creation of the Leadership Hall,” he said. “I was humbled and thrilled to have my name used to represent the hundreds of school leaders that have experienced ISU. The Robert Boyd Leadership Hall will really mean educational leadership for all of our graduates.”

Of the money raised, 25 percent would be directed toward scholarships, including the Gregory Ulm Endowment in Education Leadership. Ulm is a professor emeritus of the department. The scholarship would provide assistance to students in the leadership program.

Donations may be made by contact Ard at 812-237-7619 or at dard@indstate.foundation.org. Donations also may be made through the foundation’s Web site at www.indstatefoundation.org.

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Contact: Joshua Powers, associate professor and chair of the department of Educational Leadership, Administration and Foundations, at (812) 237-2900 or at jopowers@indstate.edu

Writer: Jennifer Sicking, assistant director of media relations, at 812-239-7972 or at jsicking@indstate.edu

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On the second floor of University Hall, which is being renovated to house the College of Education and will open in 2009, one wing -- Leadership Hall -- also will act as a showcase for those who have excelled in providing leadership at schools, colleges and universities.

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