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Drury Names New Director for the School of Education and Child Developement

For Immediate Release: January 15

Dr. Charles Taylor
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean of the College
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SPRINGFIELD , Mo., Jan. 15, 2009 — Drury University has named Dr. Christopher Craig as the new director of the School of Education and Child Development. Craig comes to Drury from Missouri State University, where he is currently the associate provost for faculty. “I can think of no job more important than developing and maintaining high quality teacher education programs that are both accessible and responsive to traditional students and those with unique talents and professional experiences,” Craig says.  “I am excited about this leadership opportunity and look forward to working with the faculty at Drury to positively impact the lives of children and youth in schools and communities throughout the Ozarks and beyond.”

Craig earned a bachelor of Music Education from Drury in 1982. In 1986, Craig graduated from Drury with a master's degree in education. He also holds a specialist in education degree from Missouri State University and graduated from the George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University in 1994 with a doctorate of education.

“Dr. Craig is a nationally recognized leader in education and brings remarkable expertise and experience to this position.  Equally impressive, however, is his ability to articulate and collaboratively realize an ambitious vision for Drury's School of Education and Child Development,” says Charles Taylor, Drury's vice president for Academic Affairs. “I know Drury's legacy of outstanding teacher education is in very good hands.” Prior to serving as the associate provost for faculty at Missouri State, Craig also worked as an associate dean for the College of Education, the director of the School of Teacher Education and he was the head of the Department of Reading and Special Education. Craig also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Missouri State's College of Education. Before Missouri State, Craig was an administrator in Springfield Public Schools, and he taught students with disabilities in the Springfield and Nixa school districts. Craig will remain as associate provost for faculty at Missouri State before beginning his duties at Drury on Aug. 17, 2009.


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