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M. Jayne Fleener (M.A.T. ’83, Ph.D. ’89) named dean of N.C. State’s College of Education

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M. Jayne Fleener

M. Jayne Fleener, dean and E.B. “Ted” Robert Professor at Louisiana State University’s College of Education, has been named dean of the College of Education at North Carolina State University, effective July 1.

“I believe Dr. Fleener, with her extensive K-12 and higher education background and strong administrative leadership skills as demonstrated at LSU, will be a valuable asset to NC State,” said Interim Provost Warwick Arden, announcing the appointment. “Working together with its outstanding administrators, faculty and staff, I expect her to take the College of Education to the next level of excellence in fulfilling its mission of teaching, research and service.”

In almost six years as dean at LSU, Fleener nearly doubled the college’s endowment, and significantly increased research and outreach productivity – increasing proposal submissions by 121 percent. She also served on the State of Louisiana Board for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.

Prior to her position at LSU, Fleener was associate dean for research and graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma, where she also served as professor of instructional leadership and academic curriculum, chair of mathematics education certification and mathematics education program area coordinator. Fleener has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants of more than $14 million. She began her teaching career in the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science in Durham City Schools in Durham, N.C.

Fleener serves on numerous governing and advisory boards for journals, professional organizations and community nonprofit organizations. She has received a variety of awards for her teaching, research and leadership including a 2010 national AdvancED Leadership Award, which honors educators who are committed to influencing the future of learning and to ensuring student preparedness for tomorrow’s world.

Fleener received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1978. She earned all three of her graduate degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, two of them from the School of Education – a master’s degree in philosophy in 1980, a master of arts in teaching in mathematics in 1983 and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in 1988.