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Dr. Diane Reed Recognized With Prestigious Humanitarian Award


Dr. Diane Reed Recognized With Prestigious Humanitarian Award

On February 18, Dr. Diane Reed, Associate Professor in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, received the 2011 Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award at the annual American Association of School Administrators (AASA) national conference in Denver.

Reed was recognized for her "tireless commitment to diversifying the field of education with high quality leaders and to ensuring the best education for all students."

The award is given to educational leaders who exude qualities similar to Effie Jones, including the commitment to elevate the status of minorities and women in education. It also honors her legacy of justice, humanity, and promise for all children.

Reed is a former superintendent who is not only an Associate Professor, but also the co-director of the Educational Leadership Program at Fisher. She has made it her passion to help women advance in public education and to broaden the opportunities for underserved students.

For more than two decades, Reed has informed others about the disparities between women's and men's career paths in education through formal presentations at local, statewide, national, and international conferences. Her professional activities have focused on diversity, gender, and equity issues, and she serves on a committee that collects data on women leadership in 17 countries.

Among her achievements, Reed developed a leadership resilience profile to assess women's leadership strengths, and has published research in Gender and Education-Towards New Strategies of Leadership and Power. Her work at Fisher gives her a platform to influence the lives of current and future school leaders through its educational leadership and doctoral programs.

"We are so very fortunate to have a leader on our faculty with Dr. Reed's passion and commitment," said Dr. Wendy Paterson, Dean of the School of Education.

The AASA, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA's mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit

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