Fleener has been dean and E.B. “Ted” Robert Professor at Louisiana State University’s College of Education for the past six years. She will assume her post at N.C. State on July 1 and succeeds Kathryn M. Moore, professor of adult and higher education, who served as dean for nine years.
“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 N.C. State,” Interim Provost Warwick Arden said in a statement. “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.”
Fleener received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Indiana University in 1978. She earned 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 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Before her work at LSU, she was associate dean for research and graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma. She began her teaching career in Durham.
With more than 2,000 students, the College of Education produces the most science, math and technology teachers in North Carolina and has the second-highest enrollment in N.C. State's graduate school.
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