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Tufts Alumna Tapped To Lead Harvard Graduate School

Tufts Alumna Tapped To Lead Harvard Graduate SchoolTufts graduate Kathleen McCartney was recently named dean of the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [05.26.06] After serving as acting dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education for nearly a year, Tufts graduate Kathleen McCartney has officially been named to lead one of the nation’s top-ranked graduate schools for education. She will take over as dean immediately.

"Kathleen McCartney is an outstanding scholar and researcher who has emerged this year as a highly effective leader with bold ambitions for the school," Harvard President Lawrence Summers told The Boston Globe.

She will replace Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, who served as dean of the school for three years. McCartney, 50, is a “scholar in early childhood education,” according to the Globe, and her “research focuses on the interplay among child care, parenting and poverty.”

McCartney earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tufts in 1977 and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale, according to the Globe. She served as an assistant professor in the psychology department of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 1982 to 1987 before becoming director of the Child Study & Development Center at the University of New Hampshire, the newspaper reported. In 2000, she returned to Harvard as a member of the Graduate School of Education’s faculty; she served as the school’s academic dean from 2004 to 2005 and has been acting dean since last July.

“As acting dean, McCartney … has worked on a planning process for the long-range direction of the school,” the Boston Herald reported.

The Tufts graduate has also published a wealth of articles relating to child development and served on editorial boards of several journals, including Child Development and Developmental Psychology.

In astatement, McCartney expressed her desire to continue to propel the Graduate School of Education along a path of excellence.

“Working this year with faculty, staff, and students to move the school forward on a variety of fronts has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career,” McCartney said. “This is a strong community, united in the belief that education is the single most important ingredient for a just society.”




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