Wilson and Lindsell Join Faculty in 2013


New Faculty Joining

Educational Leadership Department

for 2013!

The Department of Educational Leadership in the Bagwell College of Education is pleased to announce two new faculty members joining the Department in Spring Semester 2013.  Dr. Mike Dishman, Professor of Education Policy & Governance and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, said, “As a Department committed to serving the profession of educational leadership, we are delighted that two of Georgia’s most respected educational leaders have chosen to join us in that mission.  We are particularly pleased that the diversity of their experience allows us to increase our service to both Georgia’s independent and public schools.”

Dr. Mark Wilson, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and the Department’s inaugural Scholar of Professional Practice, is the former Principal of Morgan County [Georgia] High School.  In 2009, Dr. Wilson was recognized as both the Georgia and National High School Principal of the Year.  Dr. Wilson is nationally engaged in discussions of educational leadership and improving practice, working with groups ranging from the National Association of Secondary School Principals to TedEd.

Applauding Kennesaw’s hiring of Dr. Wilson, Dr. Jimmy Stokes, Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, Georgia’s largest professional organization for school leaders, remarked:  “Mark Wilson is without a doubt one of - if not the - most dynamic educational leaders we have in this state. Mark has a comprehensive knowledge of public education, and how education in Georgia fits into the national scope of education.  He brings a tremendous enthusiasm, making significant improvements to what we are able to do to professionally prepare secondary school administrators in this state.”

Dr. John Lindsell, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and the Department’s inaugural Scholar of Independent School Leadership, brings similarly outstanding professional expertise to the Department’s programs serving Georgia’s independent schools.  During his more than thirty years in education, Dr. Lindsell has led in both public and independent schools.  Most recently, Dr. Lindsell was Headmaster of Whitefield Academy, where, in 2012, he successfully completed a thirteen million dollar ($13,000,000) capital campaign in the most challenging economic environment in decades.  A scholar of school leadership as well as a practitioner, Dr. Lindsell has taught courses for more than twenty-five (25) years at his alma mater, the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Of Dr. Lindsell’s joining Kennesaw, Dr. Jeff Jackson, President of the Georgia Independent School Association, observed, "The Georgia Independent School Association is proud of our partnership with Kennesaw State to prepare leaders for Georgia's independent schools.  I can think of few better ways Kennesaw could demonstrate its commitment to serve independent schools than by recruiting Dr. John Lindsell.  Dr. Lindsell is one of the South's most respected independent school leaders.   Hiring John was an outstanding move by KSU."