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College of Education Celebrates First Graduates From Two New Advanced Programs

Spring Commencement, Graduation, John Kelly photo.
Donna Ledford is the principal of Starling Elementary School outside Atlanta, Georgia, and is one of the first graduates of the new EdD in Educational Technology program.

The first graduates of two new advanced programs in the College of Education were recognized at Boise State’s 98th Commencement ceremony May 7 in Taco Bell Arena.

The EdD in Educational Technology and EdS in Educational Leadership programs graduated their first cohorts, with graduates from across Idaho and beyond.

The College of Education offered Boise State’s first doctoral program, an Ed.D., beginning in 1992. At Saturday’s ceremony, the college continued that tradition of innovation by graduating Donna Ledford, Patty McGinnis, Dwayne Ockel, Kellie Taylor and Sarah Rich, the first cohort from the fully online Ed.D. in educational technology program.

The College of Education also graduated the first 10 students from the education specialist in educational leadership program which aims to help meet the increasing need to prepare educational leaders at the district level. The graduates work in school districts across Idaho :

Greg Alexander: Superintendent, Garden Valley School District
Janet Avery: Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development
Mark Bates: Principal, Hibbard Elementary School, Madison School District
Lyle Bayley: Superintendent, Castleford School District
Kim Bekkedahl: Assistant Superintendent, Kuna School District
Kaly Gillette Shippen: Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Jerome High School
Tim Jensen: Middle/High School Principal, Wilder School District
Dave Kirby: Principal, Park Intermediate School, Weiser School District
Angie Oparnico: Assistant Principal, Buhl High School
Ryan Bowman: Principal, Buhl High School