College of Education plans May celebration of doctoral program success
Posted: 03/06/2007
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A celebration of the successful development of new educational leaders for the Rio Grande Valley is being planned for May 2, 2007 by The University of Texas-Pan American College of Education.

During the event, titled "A Continuing Commitment to Leadership," the more than 25 graduates who have completed their dissertations and graduated with doctorates in educational leadership at UTPA will be recognized as well as the faculty members who pioneered the development and initiation of the program nearly 10 years ago, and those who continue to contribute to its success today. In addition, the current 61 students who are in various stages of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program (ELDP) from coursework to dissertation research will also be invited to join in the celebration to be held in the UTPA Annex.

"This doctoral program is key to the educational development of this region," said Dr. Anita Pankake, ELDP director. "Leaders for educational entities need to be continuous learners if they are to thrive in this changing world and individuals who make the commitment to pursue a doctoral degree model the desired behavior of lifelong learners."

Increased involvement from the Department of Educational Leadership and other faculty from across the college allows for students to take advantage of experts in the area of the students' research interest Pankake said.

Candidates who are admitted to the program become members of a community of scholars - a cohort. The cohort is a cohesive, critical and interactive group that provides the support and nurturing helpful to candidates as they progress through their doctoral studies.

Pankake said the ELDP at UTPA strives to provide the opportunity for a continuing commitment to leadership for area educators. Graduates from the program currently serve their communities in varying capacities such as school district superintendents, counselors in private practice, faculty in higher education, executive directors for specialized programs and services, and consultants for Region 1 and the Texas Education Agency. In fall 2007, an additional cohort of 15 to 20 students will be admitted to the program.

For more information about the doctoral program celebration, call Cynthia Saldivar or Anita Pankake at 956/316-7173 or visit the Web site at