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Faculty Spotlight: Karen Maxwell

Abilene, TX has been home to Dr. Karen Maxwell for as long as she remembers. From growing up with both parents serving as ACU faculty members, to becoming a faculty member herself, she can’t imagine life apart from the Wildcat community. After teaching in-person on the main campus from 2006-2015, Karen joined ACU Online where … Continued
Kimberly Parrott

Student Spotlight: Kimberly Parrott

Meet Kimberly Parrott, wife, mom, educator, and student. For Parrott, school is nothing out of the ordinary. While currently earning her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Certificate in Conflict Management with ACU Online, she has been working in education for the last twenty-six years, and now serves as the District Coordinator at Houston … Continued

Daniel Solis, EdD

Student Spotlight: Daniel Soliz, Ed.D.

As he said himself, “the most dangerous student is one without a vision,” but that wasn’t the case for Daniel Soliz, Ed.D. From being a first-generation college student, to being named the Director of Student Services & College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) at Allen ISD, Soliz has dedicated his professional life to a vision … Continued

Raymond Craft

Student Spotlight: Raymond Craft, Jr.

Not everybody is blessed with a clear path in life. Some of us struggle to find our way. Raymond Craft, Jr. can certainly relate; before he discovered Abilene Christian University, he faced considerable obstacles. Not one to be deterred, he persevered — and now he’s ready to help other students do the same. Passion for … Continued

Dr. Jennifer Butcher

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jennifer Butcher

In 2017, ACU proudly welcomed one of Texas’ most esteemed leaders to our School of Educational Leadership: Dr. Jennifer Butcher. A key player in the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program, Jennifer brings a strong background to ACU. She earned both her Master of Education in Educational Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from … Continued

Darnisha Carreathers, EDD, career move for Texas educator

Doctorate from ACU Online sparks exciting career move for Texas educator

Among the many titles Darnisha Carreathers, Ed.D., proudly claims – teacher, principal, breast cancer survivor, mother and grandmother – she can now add administrator in charge of the literacy efforts for one of the largest school districts in the nation. Her latest career move was sparked by a doctorate in organizational leadership from ACU Online. She … Continued

positive leadership

The 5 Traits of Positive Leadership to Master

Leaders wield considerable power over the productivity of their teams and the overall workplace culture. An excellent leader knows how to inspire people to follow their example, produce outstanding results, and work for the good of the organization. Unfortunately, many leaders fall short of these expectations. As many as 80 percent of work accidents occur … Continued

transformational leadership

The Difference Between Transactional and Transformational Leadership

Leadership takes many forms. No two leaders look exactly alike, and yet, radically different styles can produce equally impressive results. While a wide variety of qualities set modern leaders apart, most ultimately fall under one of two main categories: transactional and transformational. Identified in James MacGregor Burns’s book entitled Leadership, these influential styles were initially … Continued

Marc

Student Spotlight: Marc Smithers

A deep love for learning and “an abiding curiosity in the world” are two reasons Marc Smithers entered ACU Online’s Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program last summer. The Higher Education concentration is a perfect fit for this passionate learner, who for the last 10 years has served as Assistant Dean of Students for … Continued

Leticia

Student Spotlight: Leticia Ingram

To say that ACU alumna Leticia Ingram is a passionate advocate for education is the understatement of the year. In fact, this 2016 Colorado Teacher of the Year is one of just two teachers participating in The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. The prestigious panel includes three governors, 28 researchers, … Continued