Title: Professional Counselor (Retired)
Company: Atlanta Public Schools
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Verdree Lockhart Sr., Ph.D., Retired Professional Counselor at Atlanta Public Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in counseling and education.
Inspired by his high school principal, who counseled him in many facets of his life, Dr. Lockhart delved into the field of counseling due to his desire to assist others in making positive differences in their lives. Most recently serving as a professional counselor at Atlanta Public Schools from 1986 until his retirement in 2000, he formerly acted as a regional inspector for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1985 to 1986, dean of education at Phillips Community College from 1984 to 1985, and vice president and trustee at Clark Atlanta University between 1975 and 1982. Prior to these appointments, he was an education consultant for the Georgia Department of Education from 1963 to 1980 and a teacher and counselor at Jefferson County High School from 1949 to 1963.
Dr. Lockhart holds a Bachelor of Science in agricultural education from Tuskegee University, and a Master of Arts in administration and supervision and Doctor of Philosophy in guidance and counseling from Clark Atlanta University. In addition, he completed postgraduate coursework in guidance and counseling at the George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1960. He is a certified counsel, principal, nursing home administrator and Asbestos inspector.
Alongside his primary career endeavors, Dr. Lockhart has been a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Public Education since 1988, as well as a member of the Forest Resource Council at Tuskegee University since 1972. Previously, he sat on the board of directors of Economic Opportunity Atlanta, as assistant commissioner of the Atlanta Area Council with the Boy Scouts of America, and as treasurer and board member of the Atlanta branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He formerly served in the U.S. Army as a master sergeant from 1943 to 1966.
In an effort to remain abreast of recent developments in the field, Dr. Lockhart has maintained affiliation with numerous organizations. The president of the Atlanta University consortium chapter of Phi Delta Kappa since 1988, he also remains associated with the National Education Association, the Georgia Association of Educators, the American Counseling Association, the American Association of Retired Persons, and the NAACP, where he is a lifetime golden heritage member. Likewise, he is a member of the American Legion, the Boy Scouts of America, the Clark Atlanta University National Alumni Association, the Tuskegee University National Alumni Association, the George Washington Carver Society, and the Eminent Presidential Associates of Tuskegee University, where he is a distinguished lifetime member.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the industry, Dr. Lockhart has accrued several accolades. Named Alumni Brother of the Year by Alpha Phi Alpha in 1980, he was given the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America in 1970 and the Georgia Governor’s Medallion Award from the executive branch of the state of Georgia from 1967 to 1968. Earlier in his career, he was named Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in 1957. Dr. Lockhart has notably been featured in the 20th edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, published in 1985.
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