IU School of Education Welcomes New Alumni Board Directors
The Indiana University School of Education welcomed four new members to its Alumni Association Board of Directors at its annual fall meeting. Mark Booth, Dena Cushenberry, Candice Dodson, and Dena Rae Hancock joined the twenty-five member board charged with providing direct input to the dean regarding school programs and priorities, advocating for important issues in education, and broadening the school’s engagement across the state.
“The work of our Alumni Board of Directors provides essential support to the School of Education and extends our reach into communities around the state and beyond,” said Gerardo Gonzalez, dean of the Indiana University School of Education. “The talent and commitment of our board directors is an inspiration to our faculty and students and reflective of the high caliber of our alumni.”
The new board directors represent a broad range of professional backgrounds contributing to the field of education in a variety of ways.
Mark Booth, MS ’02, has served as director of Student Services for Noblesville Schools since 2004. He is a leading advocate for educating special needs students with the same standards and expectations as general education students. Since that time, state assessment scores for Noblesville special education students have risen dramatically. In recognition of his efforts, he recently received the Lorin A. Burt Outstanding Educator Award from the Indiana School Boards Association.
Dena Cushenberry, EdD ’12, currently serves as Superintendent of MSD of Warren Township Schools. She has been with the district since 1999 when she began as a middle school principal. Under her leadership in 2012, Warren Township received a $28.5 million Race to the Top grant, the only Indiana district and one of 16 districts in the country to receive the grant.
Candice Dodson, BS ’84, serves as the Director of eLearning for the Indiana Department of Education where she is focusing on advancing and expanding Indiana’s efforts to take advantage of technology to improve student outcomes. She and her eLearning team are working to boost the state’s efforts to connect Indiana to great ideas in educational technology, virtual and online learning, and new learning models and instructional practices.
Dena Rae Hancock, BS ’92, began her education advocacy work as IU Bloomington student body vice-president where she travelled the state to build legislative support for construction of the Student Recreational Sports Center. Since that time, she has provided education leadership in a number of roles including Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Marian University. Ms. Hancock is currently President Elect of the MSD of Washington Township Schools Foundation.
The IU School of Education is one of the world's premier programs for preparing tomorrow's teachers, counselors, school psychologists, educational leaders, curriculum designers and educational scholars. Its mission is to improve teaching, learning and human development in a global, diverse, rapidly changing and increasingly technological society. It has more than 68,000 alumni, including more than 20 Indiana Teachers of the Year. U.S. News and World Report ranks the School 25th overall and 15th among education schools in public universities. Seven programs within the school are in the top 25 for specialty programs.