Innovative education MBA program to expand

Woodrow-Lilly-Ed MBA presserFrom left at today’s announcement are Margaret Hoernemann, superintendent of Avon Community Schools; Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; N. Clay Robbins, president and CEO of Lilly Endowment Inc.; and UIndy President Robert Manuel.

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Lilly Endowment pledges $14.48 million toward Woodrow Wilson fellowships

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has announced that its initiative to improve the preparation of district, traditional public, and charter school leaders will expand from one Indiana higher education institution to three, thanks to a major new grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

WW logoThe Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation will receive $14,482,405 from Lilly Endowment in support of its MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership program, first established in Indiana at the University of Indianapolis in November 2013. The news was announced today at UIndy, where 15 educators from throughout Indiana began the program this summer.

The funds will be used both to extend the program at the University of Indianapolis and to create similar programs at two more Indiana institutions. The overarching goal of the WW MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership program is to increase the quality and relevance of principal and superintendent education.

“We are deeply grateful for Lilly Endowment’s support of this Fellowship program,” said Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. “Our country has shifted from a national, analog, industrial economy to a global, digital, knowledge-based economy. This has profound implications for our education system and for the things leaders of schools, school districts, and charter organizations need to know and do. In this environment, a degree that applies the curriculum and content of an MBA to education promises to prepare a new generation of principals and superintendents to lead our schools and school districts in an era of dramatic change.”

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