COLUMBUS, Miss.— Melinda Lowe has been named the director for Outreach & Innovation and coordinator of education at Mississippi University for Women.

“Melinda Lowe brings the right skill-set to this position. We could not ask for a better match with the division’s redefined structure and goals,” said Marty Hatton, head of the Division of Education & Outreach.

Lowe has served as the interim director of Outreach & Innovation since March of 2015. Prior, she served as the associate director of Outreach & Innovation since August 2013.

According to Hatton, Lowe’s experience with program development and educational-based partnerships are respected throughout the state.

Hatton also said, “Her proven leadership in mentoring teachers and developing new mentor teachers is absolutely essential for the division’s plans to provide complete support for education students well into their initial placements as new teachers.”

As director and academic program coordinator, Lowe will oversee the coherence and integrity of the Education program’s curriculum. She is now being recognized as a member of the Education faculty with credentials to teach in the Master of Education’s concentration in Educational Leadership.

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue building relationships and partnerships across campus, as well as throughout the state. Whether it is developing and supervising programs, recruiting new students, and/or writing and implementing grants, I want to highlight the many assets that our university has to offer so as to strengthen our opportunities for more individuals,” said Lowe.

In her new role, Lowe looks forward to continuing to promote regional stewardship that will benefit both The W’s campus and the region by strengthening K-12 partnerships, increasing health and well-being collaborations and contributing to the creative economy.

The Office of Outreach & Innovation facilitates collaboration, innovation and outreach between the university and the community while also providing lifelong-learning opportunities through programming design to addresses personal and professional development goals.

Lowe has served on the Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee five years—one year as chairman. She has served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors for five years. In addition, she is a member of the Lowndes Young Leaders advisory board.

On campus, she has served as the co-project director for CHAMPS, a multi-million dollar educational research grant, since 2012 to 2018

Before joining The W, Lowe worked for the Columbus Municipal School District for 16 years as an elementary teacher, curriculum coordinator, professional development coordinator and developed the STAR New Teacher Induction program.

She received her bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Mississippi State University and her master of education in educational leadership from The W. Lowe is a National Board Certified Teacher, IC3 certified and has conducted numerous trainings for educators, parents and various non-profit organizations.

Upcoming events from the Office of Outreach and Innovation:

Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers – March 1-2
The ECET2-GT will bring together teachers in the spirit of collaboration and learning. ECET2-GT is looking for emerging teacher leaders that will discover and exercise their teacher voice in the spirit of learning, collaborating and celebrating to attend. https://www.muw.edu/outreach/events/ecet2

New Leadership Mississippi – May 19-24
New Leadership Mississippi brings together college women from across the political spectrum to discuss the roles of women in leadership and politics. The program exposes participants to new ideas and opportunities as they consider their future careers. Participants are undergraduate women representing a wide range of socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, and educational backgrounds and academic majors. https://www.muw.edu/leadership/new

Mississippi Governor’s School – June 2-15
Mississippi Governor’s School is a tuition-free residential honors program that offers uniquely creative academic and leadership experiences to students with exceptional abilities and achievements.  For two weeks each June, MGS invites rising high school juniors and seniors from all over the state to The W campus to take rigorous interdisciplinary courses, test the limits of their leadership potential, and create lifelong friendships with the best and brightest students in Mississippi. https://www.muw.edu/govschool

Feb. 20, 2019
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