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McGhee Named CPE Director

Associate Professor Marla McGhee is the new director of the Center for Public Education, housed in the TCU College of Education. She said she will strive to sustain the good work of previous director Dr. Fran Huckaby and associated faculty and students.

In February, CPE partnered with TCU’s Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) program to host a professional development day for McLean 6th Grade and McLean Middle School teachers (#OneMcLean), focusing on culturally responsive practice. Former graduate student Dr. Courtney Wait, now Assistant Principal at McLean 6th Grade Center, organized the event. CRES founding director Dr. Max Krochmal delivered the keynote address and education professors Marla McGhee, Fran Huckaby, Erin Atwood and Gabriel Huddleston led breakout sessions.

“I’m excited by the possibilities of the CPE serving as an advocacy organization for public education teacher and leadership recruitment and development,” McGhee said. “Ninety percent of students in the U.S. go to public schools. Healthy public schools are essential to healthy, vibrant communities.”

McGhee has been a professor of Educational Leadership at TCU since 2011. Prior to coming to TCU, McGhee served as the director of the leadership licensure program at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and worked in public schools for more than two decades as a teacher, elementary principal, secondary principal and a central office administrator.

The CPE has supported programs and people who strengthen public education for more than 25 years. Former dean Doug Simpson led the creation of an initiative, which later became the Center for Urban Education, directed by Professor Emeritus Cecilia Silva. Under Dr. Huckaby’s leadership the organization was renamed the Center for Public Education in 2013.