New dean announced for College of Educational Studies

Margaret Grogran, Ph.D., will become the new dean of Chapman University's College of Educational Studies on June 1, 2015.

Margaret Grogran, Ph.D., will become the new dean of Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies on July 1, 2015.

Margaret Grogan, Ph.D., currently a professor of educational leadership and policy in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University, has accepted an offer to become the fourth Dean of the
College of Educational Studies
at Chapman University, and will join the University in that capacity on July 1, 2015.

Grogan will replace Don Cardinal, Ph.D., who is stepping down as dean to return to teaching at Chapman and to continue his work as chair of The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Santa Ana, Calif., a collaborative effort between Chapman University, UC Irvine and several autism agencies.

Originally from Australia, Dr. Grogan received a bachelor of arts degree in ancient history and Japanese language from the University of Queensland. She taught high school in Australia, and was a teacher and an administrator at the International School of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, where she lived for 17 years. After graduating from Washington State University with a Ph.D. in educational administration, she taught educational leadership and policy at the University of Virginia and at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Among the various leadership positions she has held at her institutions and professional organizations, she served as dean of the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University, 2008-2012; chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia, 2002-2008; and president of the University Council for Educational Administration, 2003-2004.

A frequent keynote speaker, she has also published many articles and chapters and has authored, co-authored or edited 6 books, including the
Jossey-Bass Reader on Educational Leadership
(2013). Her current research focuses on women in leadership, gender and education, the moral and ethical dimensions of leadership, and leadership for social justice.

“It is a great honor to be offered the opportunity to join the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University as dean,” Grogran said. “The college has a stellar reputation for strong, innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. I am particularly excited to be able to collaborate with the outstanding students, faculty, and staff to reach new academic heights that celebrate diversity and guarantee equity for all. I am drawn to Chapman because of its amazing growth and development as a top-ranked institution of higher education in California, the nation, and abroad. So it is with great anticipation that I look forward to building on the excellent work of Dean Don Cardinal and the entire Chapman community for many years to come.”

Mary Platt

Mary Platt is director of the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University

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