Trinity University Announces Ewing Halsell Fellowship for School Leaders

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Susie P. Gonzalez
Oct. 30, 2012

Trinity University Announces Ewing Halsell Fellowship for School Leaders

Graduate program has been redesigned to prepare principals for future challenges


SAN ANTONIO - Trinity University has redesigned its school leadership graduate program for educators willing to tackle the challenges of urban school leadership by seeking not only a master's degree, but also certification as a principal in the state of Texas.

The Tomorrow's Leaders Principal Fellows Program will feature transformational curriculum that follows an innovative and intensive format spanning 14 months, including two summer sessions that will bookend the fall and spring semesters. The initial summer will feature a mini-internship at a San Antonio area business or industry, allowing principal candidates to explore leadership models outside of education and draw the connections to school-based work.  

"The Trinity Principal Fellows program will place 20 committed, diverse, well-prepared and entrepreneurial school leaders in local and regional school districts each year to support innovation and transformation in high need schools and provide support and mentorship for these leaders as they begin their careers," said Shari Albright, the Murchison Distinguished Professor of Practice and chair of education at Trinity.

Fellows will receive substantial financial assistance from a $2.5 million grant from the Ewing Halsell Foundation in the form of forgivable loans. Upon completion of the rigorous program, Fellows must commit to serve as an educational leader in San Antonio for a minimum of four years or the loan must be repaid. With the loan/scholarship, tuition for each Fellow is $12,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The first cohort will enter the program in June 2013. Applicants must be nominated by their school district and will then submit an online application for graduate admissions, including GRE scores, and a written application that is due Dec. 15. The process will include two rounds of interviews and a day of interactive leadership simulation experiences. Trinity University, in partnership with local districts, will identify 20 highly effective teacher leaders to join the principal program cohort each year.    

Albright described the program's focus as "highly intentional on how to lead a school" and is timely because many administrators in the region are retiring, heightening the need for visionary instructional leaders who can work well with the broader community and who understand shifting workforce needs and the political dynamic.

She said the new coursework will embrace technology, such as online learning and what it means to the education of the future.

Trinity University is a nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences institution noted for its exceptional faculty and commitment to the comprehensive preparation of its talented student body. It is a learning community that has charted its course with a steadfast commitment to excellence since it was founded in 1869.