ATLANTA — Vickie Perdue Scott, the executive director of grant development and administration for Fulton County Schools, one of the largest public school systems in Georgia, will address Mercer University’s E.L.I.T.E. Leadership Academy at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day Campus in Atlanta.
Scott will deliver the keynote address in the Auditorium of the Tift College of Education building to kick off the daylong conference on the subject of “Unlocking Budget and Finance Knowledge in Education.”
In addition to Scott’s address, there will be a number of breakout sessions led by prominent education budgeting experts, including: Rick Cost, chief financial officer of Gwinnett County Public Schools; Thomas Glanton, director of Leadership Development for Middle and High School with DeKalb County School System; Angela Palm, director of Policy Service with the Georgia School Boards Association; George Bradley, president of Paine College; Horace Fleming, provost of Mercer University; Gwendolyn Taylor, principal of Huntington Middle School, Houston County; Earl Holliday, assistant professor of Kennesaw State University; Ron Saunders, superintendent of Barrow County Schools; Tina Anderson, president of Moultrie Technical College; Scott Austensen, deputy superintendent of Finance and Business Operations for the Georgia Department of Education; Michael Dean, assistant dean of Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, and Jack Parish, superintendent of Henry County Schools.
The Equipping Leaders to Impact and Transform Education (E.L.I.T.E.) Leadership Academy is part of the curriculum of the Tift College of Education’s Educational Leadership program, including its Ph.D. and master of education programs. The E.L.I.T.E. Academy requirement is meant to expose the candidates to issues that will affect them as school leaders. It also gives the candidates a chance to network with their classmates and education practitioners. Candidates in the Educational Leadership Program are grouped in cohorts at Mercer’s Henry County Regional Academic Center and Mercer’s Macon and Atlanta campuses, and in Rockdale County and Gwinnett County.
About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,300 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial Health University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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