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Remembering Marcia Gentry

It is with great sadness that we inform you that our friend and colleague, Dr. Marcia Gentry, passed away on August 31, 2022. 

Professor Gentry was a giant in the field of gifted, creative, and talented education. Prior to her entry into higher education, she spent 12 years in K-12 settings as a teacher and administrator. These experiences informed all of her subsequent academic work. She received her PhD from the University of Connecticut in 1996 with a specialization in Gifted and Talented Development, Educational Psychology and Research, Measurement, and Evaluation. She joined the Department of Educational Studies at Purdue in 2004 and served as a professor in the Gifted and Talented Education program and as Director of Gifted Education Resource Institute. During her time at Purdue, she led the gifted education program and the Gifted Education Research and Resource Center (GER2I) to international prominence by providing innovative summer residential programs and collaborating with K-12 school partners across the nation to expand access to academically challenging curriculum and gifted instructional strategies for all students.  

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A Message From the Dean

Phillip J. VanFossen
Interim Dean, and Ackerman Distinguished Professor

I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve as the Interim Dean of the College of Education.  I have been blessed to have a variety of experiences over my 25 years at Purdue, and I will draw on all of these in continuing to move the College forward as we leverage the momentum we have built with our Innovation Initiative (I2 )–a cutting-edge educator-preparation program that has transformed our teacher education programs—as well as our other highly successful, nationally-ranked programs across both departments.

Indeed, I look forward to working with faculty, staff, and students across the entire College to support the outstanding work being done across all of our program areas, and to ensure our Ieffort is successful. 

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