Last night was Iowa State University’s largest-ever commencement for graduate students: 150+ Ph.D. students and another 280+ Master’s students. I had the pleasure of graduating three of my doctoral advisees.

  • Pam Dodge is the Executive Director of Special Programs in the Ankeny (IA) Community School District. Her dissertation was titled Managing school behavior: A qualitative case study.
  • Ben Johnson is an Assistant Principal at Fort Dodge (IA) High School. His dissertation was titled School administrators’ perceptions and practices associated with the utilization of eWalk during classroom walk-throughs.
  • Dan Mart is the Superintendent of North Polk (IA) Community School District. His dissertation was titled Perceived district-level leadership influences upon student achievement.

Please extend hearty kudos to Drs. Dodge, Johnson, and Mart for successful completion of their doctorates. Doctoral programs are long, arduous journeys and they made it through with smiles on their faces!

Pam, Ben, and Dan, it was wonderful working with you. Go forth and do great things!