Cindy Reed, Ed.D.

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Director of the Truman Pierce Institute (TPI), a research and outreach center in the College of Education and a Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology at Auburn University
Nominee:  David Matthews

As Director of the Institute, Dr. Reed oversees numerous programs and research activities related to educational reform and leadership development. Additionally, Dr. Reed is a Commissioner on the Alabama Select Commission on High School Retention and Drop Out Prevention, the Governor’s Black Belt Action Commission and serves on the education committee, and is Co-Chair of the Education Committee for Region 5 of the Alabama Rural Action Commission. In recent years she has served as a member of the Middle Grades Initiative for the Alabama State Department of Education, the Governor’s Congress for Instructional Leadership II, and the Governor’s Task Force for Teacher Leadership (Professional learning committee). Reed is an Associate Editor of the Journal of School Leadership and Executive Editor of The Professional Educator, and is also on the editorial review board of several national and international journals. In Fall 2008, she was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the University Council for Educational Administration. She is an active member of the American Educational Research Association and several other professional organizations.

Cindy received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in Administrative and Policy Studies with specialization in Educational Policy, Planning, and Evaluation and her B.S. and M.S., and administrative certification from universities in the State University of New York system (Oswego and Cortland respectively). She has experience as a public school teacher, specialist in gifted education, middle school assistant principal and principal, and director of collaborative at-risk education and college access programs among multiple K-12 schools and institutions of higher education before coming to Auburn University. Her research focuses on applied transformational leadership; leadership preparation; educational policy and policy advocacy; intrapersonal, interpersonal and organizational leadership capacity building; community and civic engagement; and collaborative educational reform efforts.

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