Dunham Selected as DoDEA Kaiserslautern District Superintendent

For Immediate Release — January 27, 2016 |

SEMBACH, GERMANY — January 27, 2016 — Dr. Dell McMullen, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Europe Director, has named Dr. Liz Dunham as the DoDEA Kaiserslautern District Superintendent. She will maintain the oversight of the Bavaria District until it closes in July 2016 at which point the schools and students previously aligned to the Bavaria and Kaiserslautern Districts will become a newly established district, DoDEA Europe East. The selection was made through a competitive process.

Dr. Dunham is a career educator with extensive teaching and administrative experience. She joined DoDEA nearly 30 years ago as a staff developer and went on to hold a number of positions of increasing responsibility before being selected as the superintendent of the DoDEA Europe Bavaria District in November 2012.

Dr. Dunham will assume responsibility for the Kaiserslautern District immediately, but effective July 11, 2016 she will be the Superintendent for the newly-organized DoDEA Europe East District. The DoDEA Europe East District is a newly-established district under the Restructuring for Student Achievement (RSA) priority which has a goal of enabling DoDEA to become a more effective and efficient school system by implementing the best practices of U.S. state and local education agencies.

In announcing the selection, Dr. McMullen cited Dr. Dunham’s extensive experience and leadership in DoDEA’s schools.

“Dr. Dunham brings a wealth of experience to the DoDEA Europe Kaiserslautern District,” said Dr. McMullen. “She is an effective, caring leader and just the right person to lead the district through this transition period as we restructure to meet the needs of our students.”

Dr. Dunham earned her B.A. from the University of Iowa. She completed her M.Ed. at Seattle Pacific University. In 1995, she earned her Ph.D. from the Cambridge Institute of Education in Cambridge, England. Dr. Dunham was the first American to earn the degree in this British program that was a joint venture between Cambridge University and the University of East Anglia.

In reflecting on her selection, Dunham said she is honored to lead the current Bavaria and Kaiserslautern districts in the transition to the new DoDEA Europe East District.
“By joining these two outstanding districts, we are bringing together educators whose combined talents will be of even greater benefit to the students, parents and communities we serve,” said Dr. Dunham. “I am committed to joining our district and school-level leaders in making the
DoDEA Europe East District successful and vibrant, built on the best current practices and embracing the opportunities this transition provides us to learn, grow and improve together.”

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-age children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Agencies throughout the United States that serve children of military families.