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Old Dominion University Education Dean Becomes Chair of AACTE Board

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jerrica Thurman
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(March 1, 2016, Washington, D.C.) – Today Dr. Jane Bray, dean of the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., becomes the new chair of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Board of Directors. During her one-year term as chair, Bray will lead the Board in developing new policies and programs and will serve as spokesperson for the Association.

“This is a thrilling time to be in this profession,” said Bray. “I could not be more excited to have been elected to this most important position in AACTE, and I am anxious to support and extend the work of our highly competent Board of Directors.”

Bray joined the AACTE Board in 2013 as a representative of the Advisory Council for State Representatives, a coalition of leaders from AACTE’s state chapters. The current chair, past chair and chair-elect of the Council serve on the AACTE Board, bringing state-level perspectives to the national body. Bray just completed her term as past chair of the Council.

“Our profession is truly at a tipping point, and the Board of Directors at AACTE is at the forefront of our profession,” said Bray. “To be moving into this position as the chair of AACTE is humbling and exhilarating at the same time.”

Bray has served as dean at Old Dominion University for the past three years and previously was dean of the School of Education at Millersville University of Pennsylvania for 13 years. She received her doctorate degree from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.


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