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Fen English honored as 'living legend' by NCPEA

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Fen English, the R. Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, has been honored by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration with its "Living Legend Award."

English, who has taught at the School of Education for 12 years, has served in administration positions throughout K-12 education as a principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools. In higher education he has worked as a chair, dean, and vice chancellor of academic affairs. He also worked as a partner in the accounting and consulting firm KPMG Peat Marwick in Washington, D.C., for three years.

English is widely published, having authored, co-authored or edited more than 35 books, in addition to contributed chapters, forewords or epilogues in many other books and monographs. He also has written more than 100 articles published in practitioner and academic journals.

English was honored at a banquet during the NCPEA's annual summer conference in New York City on Aug. 7.

The NCPEA is the oldest professional organization of higher education faculty in educational administration in the country. It works to serve the interests and needs of professors of educational administration and practicing school leaders, and to improve the practice and study of educational administration.

English recently served as president of the organization, in a one-year term that ended August 2012.

The Living Legend Award is given to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of educational administration. Criteria for being chosen include living a life that inspires others; exemplary service to the NCPEA; demonstration of genuine care, teaching and professionalism in service to the profession; dedication to research, teaching and service; and, significant contributions to the field of educational administration.

In his acceptance talk, English summarized his latest book "Educational Leadership in the Age of Greed," which explores what English describes as a 30-year-long concerted assault on public education. The book was published by NCPEA.