Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has named Dr. Penny L. Elkins as a teacher education faculty representative on the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, the organization that oversees all teacher certification for the state, as well as the accreditation of all teacher education programs in the state. She will be one of only two such representatives on the board.
Dr. Elkins is senior associate vice president for Mercer’s Atlanta Campus and the Regional Academic Centers, where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the campus and the centers. She also serves as associate dean and professor in the Tift College of Education and is the Fred L. Miles Chair of Educational Leadership. As associate dean, she is responsible for educational leadership programs, community partnership development and the grants administration for the college.
“Dr. Elkins’ appointment is a reflection of her contributions and commitment to the education profession in the state of Georgia,” said Dr. Carl Martray, dean of the Tift College of Education. “She has long been a leader in the field of education at the university level and her commitment to schools, educators and children in public and private schools around this state is remarkable. This appointment is certainly reflective of Dr. Elkins’ efforts and impact on the professional education community and we in the Tift College of Education and Mercer University are proud Dr. Elkins has been named to such an important position on such a vital board.”
Dr. Elkins has 19 years of experience in leadership, curriculum design and development, educational leadership, program planning, teaching and program evaluation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Christianity and early childhood education and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Mercer, as well as an education specialist degree in education, administration and supervision from Georgia College and State University. Her Ph.D. is in educational leadership from Georgia State University.