Charles Glenn Named Dean Ad Interim of Boston University School of Education

in News Releases, School of Education, University Affairs
July 7th, 2006

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(Boston) – Charles Glenn (GRS’87), a School of Education professor and chair of the Department of Administration, Training, and Policy, was named SED dean ad interim, announced BU President Robert A. Brown.

An internationally recognized scholar, Glenn has been a member of the school’s faculty for nearly 15 years. He will serve in this position while Dr. Brown, Provost David Campbell and a SED Faculty Advisory Committee undertake the search for a permanent dean.

Glenn replaces Douglas Sears, who on July 1 began serving as associate provost and assistant to the president for outreach and special initiatives. Sears was appointed SED dean ad interim in 2001 and dean in 2003.

“Charles Glenn is a well-known scholar and highly respected academic leader in the School of Education,” said Dr. Brown. “His thoughtful leadership style is well-suited to moving the school through the period of self-study that will lead to identifying the next permanent dean.”

Glenn, who has been department chair for more than 10 years, is also a Fellow in the University Professors Program, teaching courses in education history and comparative policy. Prior to joining the SED faculty, Glenn served as a director of urban education and equity efforts for the commonwealth’s Department of Education, where he oversaw the administration of more than $500 million in state funds for magnet schools and desegregation. He was also responsible for the nation’s first bilingual education mandates.

In addition to the significant role he plays at SED, Glenn is very active in educational policy debates in the United States and Europe. He is currently vice president of OIDEL, the Geneva- based international organization promoting educational freedom; a member of the boards of the European Association for Education Law and Policy and the Council for American Private Education; and he serves on the technical scientific committee of the Italian Instituto nazionale di documentazione per l’innovazione e la ricerca educativa. He has been a consultant to the Russian and Chinese education authorities, as well as to states and major cities across the United States, and as an expert witness in federal court cases on school finance, desegregation and bilingual education.

The author of nine books, Glenn is currently writing the second volume (North America) of the historical overview Schools Between State and Civil Society: Educational Policy Since Antiquity, to be published by ISI Press.

Glenn received a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in Education from Harvard University, as well as a Ph.D. in Religion and Modern Culture from Boston University.

The Boston University School of Education provides comprehensive teacher preparation to students in more than 20 concentrations. The School of Education maintains a variety of collaborative agreements with school districts in the greater Boston area.

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