Educational Leadership

In Memoriam: Dr. Mary Chandler


The Department of Educational Leadership would like to remember our colleague, Dr. Mary Chandler, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership from 2007-2016. Dr. Chandler passed away on November 13, 2016.

Mary received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University in 1970, followed by her Master of Arts in Teaching from Emory, and an Educational Specialist in Administration and Supervision from the University of Georgia. She earned her PhD from Georgia State in Leadership and Policy and a 5th degree and a Six Sigma Green Belt from Coles College in 2007.

Over the years, Mary served as a Principal in Fulton and Forsyth County Schools. She taught in Cobb and DeKalb Counties, and began her career in 1973 as a middle school math and science teacher in Indiana. She served in numerous professional organizations, perhaps most notably the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administrator and the International Society for Educational Planning. She served as president of both of those organizations over the years.

Mary chaired and served on 10 dissertation committees, including Dr. Greg Doss, the first person to receive an EdD in the Department of Educational Leadership. Since 2011, she received special recognition of faculty by students in EdS and EdD programs five times. She wrote numerous articles and gave professional presentations all over the world. She recently received a $10,000 grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research for her project on professional coaching.

Her influence will be felt in the department, community, and profession for many years. Her colleagues and students will miss her and remember her for her hard work and commitment to her students.

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