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Professor Receives Gubernatorial Appointment

By Amanda Morad | July 25, 2011

Dr. M. Gail Derrick
Photo by Charity Mack

Dr. M. Gail Derrick, Associate dean for Regent University's School of Education, was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee on Adult Education and Literacy for the Virginia Board of Education. Derrick, who received her appointment from Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell '89 (Law and Government), will serve a three-year term of service beginning July 2011. The committee's purpose is to advise the Board of Education on policies, procedures and methods which help strengthen educational programs in Virginia.

"I am deeply honored to have received this prestigious appointment and look forward to improving the learning opportunities for diverse adult learners in the Commonwealth and supporting the educational initiatives of Governor McDonnell," Derrick said.

The Advisory Committee on Adult Education and Literacy considers all aspects of adult education including English for speakers of other languages, community-based literacy organizations, general education development and GED® testing services, adult secondary education, English literacy and civics education, and Individualized Student Alternative Education Plan programs. The committee will meet three or four times a year and will make an annual report to the Board of Education on its recommendations for consideration and action.

Derrick has been involved in several organizations and initiatives that research and support adult learners and adult learning theory. She has been a peer reviewer for state and federal grants that support high-quality adult education programs for individuals to earn high school credentials, prepare for the workforce and enter post-secondary education and training programs.

Derrick has been a professor in Regent's School of Education since 2000.


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