Success can be measured in many ways. But recognition by one’s peers is, perhaps, one of the most meaningful.
That’s the situation Sally White found herself in during a recent conference visit to California. It’s there, during a meeting of the Council of Academic Deans for Research Education Institutions
(CADREI), that the dean of Lehigh’s College of Education was chosen to serve on the group’s executive committee.
“It's always an honor to be elected by your peers—in this case, other deans—to be their representative. CADREI is an influential, forward-thinking organization and I see my election to the board as a reflection of the overall excellence of the College of Education at Lehigh, our faculty, students, and staff,” White says.
Her three-year term begins in July. White will be one of just eight deans on the executive committee, and the only member representing the interests of private universities like Lehigh.
This announcement will further strengthen Lehigh's reputation nationally as a research university. For the past eight years, the College of Education
has been ranked in the top 50 of The U. S. News and World Report's
"Best Graduate Schools of Education."
“To receive this kind of endorsement is terrific and will certainly enhance our visibility as a top college of education,” she says.
Representing 170 colleges of education at research universities throughout the country, CADREI is widely regarded as the preeminent policy group for educators. The association helps develop the skills of educational professionals by encouraging the open exchange of ideas, establishing policies, and enhancing research opportunities.
In addition, CADREI regularly consults with the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), the largest education association in the United States.
White has been the College of Education dean at Lehigh University since 2001. At Lehigh, she has served or led a number of committees including the Provost's Council, the Middle States PRR Accreditation Committee, and the University Mentoring Task Forces.
In addition to her election in CADREI, White was also recently appointed to serve on the board of directors for the Philadelphia Area Consortium for Education (PACE). The group consists of 27 higher education institutions brought together to help improve the quality of public school education in the city of Philadelphia.