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For Immediate Release — April 6, 2009 | HQ
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3260
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3272

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — April 6, 2009 — Dr. Dell McMullen, Superintendent of the Department of Defense Domestic Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) for Georgia/Alabama District, has been honored by AdvancED with the National Excellence in Education Award for her unparalleled leadership in promoting and advancing excellence in education. McMullen received the award during the 2009 AdvancED Conference in Chicago, IL.

"Dell McMullen is a strong advocate for all children. She has an untiring devotion for ensuring that all children have dynamic opportunities to learn in a challenging yet caring environment," said Dr. Bruce Jeter, Deputy Director of the DDESS and Department of Defense Dependents School-Cuba.

"She has distinguished herself as an instructional leader who is always trying to find strategies to tap into each child's unique learning capabilities," Jeter added.

McMullen has been the Superintendent of the Department of Defense Education Activity's (DoDEA) DDESS Georgia/Alabama District, since 2003 when the district reorganized. Prior to that she served as superintendent of the Fort Benning Schools. She oversees eleven schools in two states located on four separate military installations - two of which are Army installations and two are Air Force bases.

"We are so pleased to have Dr. McMullen receive this recognition," said Charlie Toth, Deputy Director of DoDEA. "Her dedication to serving our nation's military families makes her a role model for all of our school administration leaders."

The Excellence in Education Award, which is presented to one person in each state and one in DoDEA, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated unparalleled leadership in promoting and advancing excellence in education. The criteria for selection include:

  • Generating a common vision and mission for higher expectations among students, faculty and the education community.
  • Demonstrating a record of significant and distinguished contribution to the education profession.
  • Providing a lasting positive impact on student learning.
  • Serving as a role model and mentor for students and/or future generations of educators.
  • Demonstrating significant professional contribution to AdvancED.

McMullen began her career with DoDEA in 1987. That year she was named principal of Frank R. Loyd Elementary School. Prior to that, McMullen served as both a teacher and an administrator with the Muscogee County School District in Columbus, GA.

She earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in Education from Columbus State University, her Specialist in Education from Georgia State University and her doctorate in Education from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.

McMullen was inducted into Columbus State University's Educator Hall of Fame, received the Mayor's Award for Community Leadership and is a graduate of Leadership Columbus (GA). She was named Girl Scout's Woman of Achievement, participated in the Army Community of Excellence (ACOE) awards program at the Pentagon, and received the Commander's Award for Civilian Service.

McMullen is also a member of Columbus State University's Board of Trustees, Military Civilian Council, Rotary Club and the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Her community involvement gives her many opportunities to promote the education profession.

Under her leadership, four of the Georgia/Alabama District administrators have been named National Distinguished Principals and one of the District Teachers of the Year was selected as DoDEA Teacher of the Year.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality, public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Cuba, Guam and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.

About AdvancED
AdvancED is the unified organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and Commission on International and Transregional Accreditation (CITA). AdvancED is dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide through accreditation, research, and professional services.

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