The School of Education Advisory Board provides professional expertise to the administration and faculty in the school. The board meets twice yearly, fall and spring. The chair of the board is Dr. James Powell.
Dr. Powell was most recently the owner and laboratory director at Paladin Laboratories. He is now retired. Jim and his wife, Anne, have been generous donors to Elon. They established The Maude Sharpe Powell and the Thomas E. Powell, Jr., Professorships. Additionally, they provided key funding for The Caroline E. Powell Building, the James B. and Anne Ellington Powell Lobby in the Koury Business Center, the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center, and The Anne Ellington Powell Master Artist Series. In recognition of his achievements and support for Elon, Dr. Powell was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the University in 2005. Dr. Powell has been a Life Trustee on Elon’s Board of Trustees since 2008; a National Advisory Board for the School of Education Member since 2010; and Former Board of Trustees Member (1979-2008).
An innovator and pioneer in interdisciplinary education, Dr. D’Angelo, was formerly the Coordinator of the Communication Arts Program of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD. This magnet program, focusing on humanities and media education, was one of the first programs of its kind in the United States. Students from her program have won dozens of awards in journalism, media production and creative writing. The best schools of communication in the country are populated by her graduates.
A frequent lecturer and presenter at local, regional and national education meetings, she is a well-respected writer in this field and former associate editor of the Maryland English Journal. She has been acknowledged with invited memberships to Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Tau Delta, and Phi Delta Kappa. Her commitment to higher education is further exemplified by her years of service as a trustee of Simmons College (MA) and a member of the Board of Visitors of Elon University, NC.
Mr. Quigley is the Principal for the Maureen Joy Charter School in Durham, NC, a position he has held since the 2009-2010 school year. Prior to this position he held multiple leadership roles at Teach For America, including Executive Director of the Eastern North Carolina region. Mr. Quigley taught elementary school in rural Mississippi for four years through the Teach For America program. He holds a B.A. in Government from Colby College and degrees in elementary education and school leadership from the University of Mississippi.
Mr. Solender has been a middle school math teacher for the past fourteen years, currently teaching 8th grade at Mills Park Middle School in Cary, NC. In addition to his teaching duties, he directs the school musicals and is the faculty representative to the PTA. His path to the teaching profession had many twists and turns. Mr. Solender started his education at Clark University, but left during his sophomore year to pursue an opportunity with Domino's Pizza. He owned and operated franchise locations in Massachusetts and later in New Jersey. After meeting his wife, Heather, he sold the franchises and moved to Maine to open Jenny Craig franchises, which he still owns today.
Feeling discontent with the world of business, Mr. Solender went back to school full time to attain his degree in teaching. After teaching for two years, he returned to school again to earn his Master's degree from Lesley University. Mr. Solender moved to Pittsboro, NC in 2010. He is very proud of his two daughters who graduated from Elon. Alexandra, class of '12, teaches AP Physics at Holly Springs High School in Holly Springs, NC and Jessica, class of '14, who teaches 6th grade math at Daniels Middle School in Raleigh, NC.
Dr. Williams, a 1998 Elon graduate, is an education planning and development consultant for the Office of Charter Schools within the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In this role, she works with charter schools to ensure legal compliance, board performance, financial integrity, and academic excellence. Dr. Williams began her career as a teacher and later served as an assistant principal, a principal and a central office administrator in North Carolina public schools.
Dr. Williams earned her Elon degree in elementary education where she was a NC Teaching Fellow, an Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow, and an Elon College Honors Fellows. She later acquired a master's degree in School Administration from North Carolina State University where she was a NC Principal Fellow. Finally, she attained a doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was the recipient of the Patrick W. and Janet R. Carlton Award for Dissertation Research in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Williams has served as a member of the Elon University Board of Trustees since 2008, and was elected secretary in 2014. Williams also serves as vice-chair of the board of trustees academic affairs committee, a member of the alumni affairs committee, and as a new trustee mentor. She previously served as a member of Elon's National Alumni Executive Board. In 2010, Dr. Williams was honored as Elon's Distinguished Alumna of the Year.
Since its founding in 1987, VIF International Education innovative approach has positively influenced the lives of more than one million students, educators and community members. What started as an exchange program for K-12 teachers in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has grown to include international education programs, supporting the teaching of 21st-century skills, promoting effective cultural exchange, and helping to achieve key objectives of the U.S.. Department of State, including language study, global literacy and public diplomacy.
David B. Young is VIF's Chief Executive Officer and has dedicated this entire career to VIF's mission of transforming lives through international education. Mr. Young led the organization's growth from family project to small business to, today being the largest international teacher program of the U.S.. Department of State -- having sponsored thousands of international teachers in over 200 school districts, nationwide.
Mr. Young has been a featured speaker and panelist at various national and regional education conferences and symposia, and has been widely quoted in publications and research reports. He currently sits on a national task force on international teacher recruitment charged with establishing a Protocol for US Recruitment of International Teachers. He was recently appointed to chair a sub-committee on International Education for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) Strategic Council. A native of Burlington, North Carolina, Mr. Young received his Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and has lived and traveled abroad extensively including periods in Costa Rica, Spain and London.