Bethesda – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher late last week was honored with the Arthur E. Wise
Award for Meritorious Service from NCATE, the National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher Education, at a meeting of their State Partnership
Board in Maryland.
which is given to an individual who has played a vital role for educator
preparation on a national or state level, recognizes those who have made an
outstanding contribution to NCATE, thereby advancing the education of all
children and the establishment of a profession of teaching.
Zimpher is cited for outstanding service to NCATE, exemplary leadership in the
implementation of NCATE standards, extremely effective advocacy of NCATE, and
outstanding scholarship that advances NCATE policy and practice.
Zimpher co-chaired NCATE's 2009-2010 Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation,
Partnerships, and Improved Student Learning. The Panel's forthcoming report is
akin to the Flexner report of 1910 in the field of medicine,” said James G.
Cibulka, president of NCATE. “Dr. Zimpher has shepherded the Panel through
intense deliberations to produce a report which will have immediate
implementation and no doubt, lasting impact. This contribution, along with the
many other contributions she has already made to the field, will leave a
“It is so
humbling to be accepting this award in the image of Arthur Wise,” said
Chancellor Zimpher. “His passion for teacher education and his dedication to
the great work of NCATE has truly inspired me, and my aspirations have
continued to fit squarely in Arthur’s vision for a better educated America. For that, I thank him, and for this award, I extend my sincere thanks to NCATE. My
enthusiasm for what they do for the children of this nation is truly
her career as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in the Ozarks, Chancellor
Zimpher has never lost her passion for providing accessible, quality education
for every student. A former chair of the Association of Public and Land-Grant
Universities, Chancellor Zimpher now leads the national Coalition of Urban
Serving Universities and co-chairs NCATE’s national blue-ribbon panel on
transforming teacher preparation. She serves on the board of CEOs for Cities,
is a member of the Business-Higher Education Forum, and the Board of Governors
of the New York Academy of Sciences.
coming to SUNY, Chancellor Zimpher served as president of the University of
Cincinnati, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and executive
dean of the Professional Colleges and dean of the College of Education at The
Ohio State University.
authored or co-authored numerous books, monographs, and academic journal
articles on teacher education, urban education, academic leadership, and
Zimpher holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education and Speech, a master’s
degree in English Literature, and a Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Higher
Education Administration, all from The Ohio State University.
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