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Frye Selected As Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellow In Education Leadership

Staff Report


Christian Frye Christian Frye Christian Frye, a 1999 graduate of Owen Valley High School, has been selected by Indiana State University (ISU) as a cohort of Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellows in Education Leadership.

The MBA in Education Leadership is a unique program designed in partnership with ISU’s Scott College of Business and the Bayh College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership along with support and leadership from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

The goal of the program is to recruit and prepare a new generation of educational leaders who have the knowledge, skills and tools to significantly improve learning in Indiana’s schools.

“The collaboration of the faculty in business and education to develop this outstanding program is very exciting; I am confident this program will provide quality leaders for Indiana’s public schools,” said Brien Smith, dean of the Scott College of Business.

Kandi Hill-Clarke, dean of the Bayh College of Education, added, “Preparing quality teachers and educational leaders has always been at the center of ISU’s mission, a fact made more meaningful as the University celebrates its Sesquicentennial anniversary. This exciting program provides a unique opportunity for us to continue that effort by building on the strength of the faculty of our two colleges to prepare the next generation of school leaders.”

Blending clinical practice in schools with innovative business school coursework, the MBA in Education Leadership is designed to ensures graduates have the knowledge and skills not only to guide schools and districts in a changing education environment, but also close achievement gaps between America’s lowest- and highest-performing schools and between the country’s top-performing schools and those around the world.

“After the classroom teacher, the most important factor in a child’s school success is a school principal,” said Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and author of an influential national study that called for dramatically changing how the United States prepares school leaders. “Through the Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship, we are ensuring Indiana’s schools have a pipeline of exemplary principals focused on both teacher and student success. Indiana is a part of an important new national movement to dramatically improve how we prepare educators.”

The fellowship is designed to prepare leaders who will create school cultures to drive innovation, expand the use of analytics and evidence-based practices, raise student performance to international levels and improve the quality of school systems and teaching over time.

Each fellow is selected from a highly competitive pool of nominees. The WW MBA Fellowship requires that candidates be current educators who are nominated by Indiana school districts or charter schools. In this model, districts must nominate candidates before they can apply and must agree to participate in certain aspects of the program if their nominee is selected.

Fellows are selected based on, among other things, key competencies of effective leaders. Each receives a fellowship stipend that covers tuition and materials for the MBA program, along with executive coaching. In exchange, fellows commit to serve in leadership roles in identified districts/schools for at least three years.

Indiana State will work with school district partners to develop partnerships that will sustain in-school learning arrangements and mentoring opportunities for WW MBA Fellows.

Frye, son of Randall A. and Lea D. Frye, grew up in the Patricksburg area and now makes his home in Cloverdale with his wife, Rachel, and their two children, Norah and Ezekiel. Christian teaches fifth grade at Cloverdale Middle School and the family attends Soul Harvest Church.

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