Grad/Professional Studies Receives New Dean

Asbury University is pleased to announce that Dr. Verna Lowe, a professor with 30 years of experience in the classroom and in leadership at the University, has accepted a new position as Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Dr. Verna Lowe
Dr. Verna Lowe

Previously, Lowe served as Dean of the School of Education at Asbury, leading the school to nationally recognized success in preparing highly qualified educators for a wide variety of educational settings. She recently led the school to a new clinical-based model that better equips teachers to design instruction, assess student learning, analyze learners’ work, diagnose teaching and learning gaps and prescribe effectively for improved achievement.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Lowe moving into this newly created full-time dean's position to lead Asbury's strategic initiatives serving our graduate and adult student population,” said Provost Jon Kulaga. “Much of the new growth that the institution will experience over the next decade will be in our new programs for graduate, professional studies and online programs. Dr. Lowe's experience in developing new programs, launching new sites, creating systems and navigating accreditations standards is a tremendous asset to the institution as we move forward with our new strategic plan in these programmatic areas.”

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies includes degree-completion programs, a Master of Social Work program and both online and face-to-face programs in education.

“The mission is threefold,” Lowe said. “We provide programs that assist adult learners in obtaining their bachelor degrees, we offer graduate degrees that provide specializations for advancement in career opportunities and we also provide continuing education and professional development opportunities for a lifetime of learning, leadership and service.”

Lowe holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Southern Wesleyan University, a master’s degree as a school psychologist from the University of Kentucky and a Doctor of Education in special education from the University of Kentucky. Before teaching at the university level, she taught middle and high-school special education as well as working as a school psychologist. Her research interests focus on the design and creation of performance assessment systems, exploring classroom environments and instructional strategies that enhance the achievement of students with learning difficulties, and the study of rigor and relevance in public school classrooms of today.

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