June 12, 2007
For immediate release
Dr. Julian Crocker, founder of the Gevirtz Graduate School Joint Doctoral Program, Receives Prestigious Excellence in Educational Leadership Award
UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School is proud to announce that Dr. Julian Crocker, a founder of the Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) in Educational Leadership, has received the University Council for Educational Administration’s (UCEA’s) 2007 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.
Dr. Crocker is currently serving his third four-year term as County Superintendent of Schools, San Luis Obispo. Prior to his first election in 1998, he was the Superintendent of Schools for the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District and the Superintendent of Schools in San Mateo and Palo Alto, California. Dr. Crocker received his bachelor and masters degrees from Vanderbilt University and his doctorate from Harvard University.
Dr. Jim Block, JDP Program leader, says, “No Program of professional practice can prosper without a strong linkage with local educational agencies. Dr. Crocker has kindly provided that linkage through the good offices SLO County Office of Education. As a founder of the JDP, he has generously taught, mentored, and advised our students, faculty, and leadership wisely and well. We are blessed to have such a highly visible political and professional leader driving us forward.”
The UCEA is a consortium of major research universities with doctoral programs in educational leadership and policy. The Administration presents the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award to practicing school administrators who have demonstrated excellence in school leadership and who have made significant contributions to the preparation of future administrators. Recipients are chosen by representatives from UCEA member universities, their colleagues, and other constituencies.
Each member university is responsible for making an award presentation at an annual departmental, college, or university ceremony. This year’s award will be presented to Dr. Crocker at the JDP’s Practicing Research Symposium in Santa Maria on Saturday, June 23. The Joint Degree Program (JDP) of the College of Education, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara focuses on non-urban schools, like many of those in Central California, and combines the research aims of the University of California with the learn-by-doing focus at Cal Poly.
[Julian Crocker is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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