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College of Education names chair of Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development


Jane Lindle
Jane Clark Lindle serves as chair of Clemson’s educational and organizational leadership department.

The Clemson University College of Education has named the chair of its educational and organizational leadership development department. Jane Clark Lindle, the Eugene T. Moore Professor of Educational Leadership, has served as interim chair of the department since Jan. 1, 2019, and Lindle will continue to serve as chair going forward.

According to George J. Petersen, founding dean of the College of Education, Lindle’s track record as faculty in the department and her tenure as interim chair have proven that she is the ideal candidate to lead the department.

“Dr. Lindle has experience at multiple levels of education and across several institutions, and our college continues to benefit from the depth and breadth of her knowledge,” Petersen says. “I am confident that her experience and her abilities as an educational leader will continue to guide a dynamic, multi-faceted department.”

With a career in education spanning seven states, three universities, three elementary schools, a junior high, and one middle school, Lindle has deep roots in the leadership necessary for life-long learning and educational innovation. As chair, Lindle has focused on helping students achieve their professional goals through the department’s seven graduate programs and one undergraduate minor.

Lindle’s research includes the micropolitical influences of educational policy on the practices of school leaders, teachers and their relationships with students, families and communities. Her work has focused on how those relationships affect students’ access to education, parent and community engagement, and school safety. Lindle’s work has appeared in Educational Policy, the International Journal of Educational Leadership and the Journal of School Leadership. She has published six books and 17 book chapters and averages 4.7 publications per year.

Lindle earned a Ph.D. and master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development uses high-quality research, teaching and outreach to prepare future student affairs personnel, higher education professionals, P-12 educational and other organizational leaders. The department helps professionals expand the talents and performances of individuals and organizations and enhance their capacity to make a difference.


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