Title: Professor of Leadership
Company: Tennessee State University
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Carole de Casal, Professor of Leadership at Tennessee State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of educational law.
Driven by her interests in reading, learning, and teaching as a young girl, Dr. de Casal decided to pursue a profession in education upon the completion of high school. A graduate of the University of Utah, she earned a Bachelor of Science in 1971, a Master of Education in 1978, and a Doctor of Education in 1980. Furthermore, she began her career with Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, as the head of the educational leadership department in 2004. Simultaneously, Dr. de Casal accepted a position as an assistant dean of strategic planning and accreditation and a director of teacher education with the University of Southern Mississippi until her departure in 2006. Consequently, she joined the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she held a number of executive roles including a director and an associate dean, between 2006 and 2008.
As she progressed through her career, Dr. de Casal served as the head of the educational leadership department for the Tennessee State University from 2008 to 2012, while she continued working as a professor of leadership since 2008. Other professional endeavors to her credit include working as the state director of civil rights and special population program for the Alaska Department of Education, as well as a disability specialist for a law firm in Austin, Texas. Dr. de Casal attributes her success to pure grit and determination taught by her immigrant grandparents’ stories of coming to America and their trials and many tribulations as non-English speaking persons in a new country. For her accomplishments in the field, Dr. de Casal has been the recipient of numerous accolades including the National Professional Woman of the Year in High Education, the Distinguished Educator Award from the Tennessee Department of Education, and the Service Award from the Education Law Association, among others. Likewise, she has been selected for inclusion in editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the West.
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