Boston University Dean Named Co-Chair of Board of Governors at The English High School

in BU In the Community, News Releases, School of Education
April 22nd, 2009

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(Boston) – Boston University (BU) School of Education Dean Hardin Coleman was recently named to serve as the Co-chair of the Board of Governors at The English High School in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. In his new role, Coleman will meet with the committee throughout the school year and work to engage BU, and its many resources, in English High’s improvement process.

“I am honored to become a member of the Board of Governors,” says Coleman. “English High and BU are places of great tradition and I hope to honor them both.”

New to BU, Coleman comes from a long career focused on urban education. He was formerly at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an educator and psychologist who specialized in preparing school counselors for culturally diverse settings. A graduate of Williams College, Coleman earned a Masters in Counseling from the University of Vermont and a doctorate in Counseling from Stanford University. At BU, Coleman has worked to deepen the college’s ties to urban schools in the Boston area and expand previously-instituted programs within Boston Public Schools, including the STEP UP program.

The English High School Headmaster Jose Duarte said: “We are pleased to have another member of the Boston University community in our halls on a regular basis. I am sure Dean Coleman will do great things in his new role.”

The English High School in Jamaica Plain, Boston was founded in 1821 and is now in its sixth location. Located close to public transportation, the famous Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park Zoo, it is a truly unique, urban school serving a diverse population of over 1,200 students from several countries. In 1972 the school admitted its first female students. The mission of The English High School is to challenge each student academically while fostering an enduring commitment to honor, achievement and service to humanity.

Established in 1918, Boston University’s School of Education serves a diverse student body of 400 undergraduate and 600 graduate students, 112 of whom are pursuing doctoral degrees. It has 52 full-time faculty, numerous adjunct faculty, and 40 staff members. In addition to a significant focus on preparing education professionals, the school is regarded highly for programs in the fields of literacy, mathematics education, deaf studies, international educational development, special education and science education. It is further distinguished by its productive partnerships with local school districts, most notably with Chelsea and Boston.

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