Lee Ann Calvert ’98 MEd, ’14 EdD is the first recipient of the Dr. Kenneth R. Garren Leadership Award.
A member of the first graduating cohort of the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Leadership Studies program, Lee Ann was chosen by a faculty committee and cited for her excellent performance throughout the program, her exemplary work as assistant principal at Jefferson Forest High School, and her outstanding dissertation. She received the award during the EdD Hooding Ceremony on May 15.
Speaking to the members of the first cohort, Dr. Edward Polloway, dean of the School of Graduate Studies, stated, “These individuals were pioneers who committed to a program that was still going through the accreditation process. In fact, they enrolled in their first seminars a mere two months after we received final approval for the program. They will forever be identified as University of Lynchburg’s first ‘doctors of education.’”
The Dr. Kenneth R. Garren Leadership Award was established in 2012 by Sheila Johnston Garren and the School of Graduate Studies to honor and recognize Dr. Garren for his leadership and service as president of University of Lynchburg. The award will be given annually to a student enrolled in the EdD program who has demonstrated outstanding leadership during the completion of the program as well as his/her place of employment, while maintaining a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
“I was honored to be recognized by President Garren as the first recipient of the Garren Leadership Award,” Lee Ann said. “The Doctor of Education cohort contains amazing people who are talented leaders across Central Virginia, and I am fortunate to have had the privilege to work with and learn from them. I am extremely pleased to be recognized for leadership among such distinguished peers.”