Professor Carolyn Shields to lead the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management

Carolyn M. Shields, Ph.D., professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the Wayne State University College of Education, was recently elected president of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM). The election was held during the organization’s conference in Liverpool, England, last month. She will serve one four-year term.  

“It is an honor to have been elected president of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management,” said Shields. “A global educational leadership organization, it spans both developed and developing countries and focuses on culturally sensitive and appropriate leadership. I am grateful for the support of my colleagues, and I look forward to working with them to carry out CCEAM’s mission.” 

A member of CCEAM since 2000, Shields was named a fellow in 2004. Fellowships are the organization’s highest honor and are awarded to members for meritorious service to the development of educational administration, management and leadership as a discipline in national and/or international settings and for contributions made to CCEAM. Shields also served as the council’s vice president from 2018 to 2022. 

A Canadian citizen, Shields has actively participated in American organizations and conferences, including the University Council for Educational Administration and the American Educational Research Association. She has also established and maintained international ties through her involvement in the CCEAM and the European Educational Research Association.  

“I hope the Wayne State community will join me in congratulating Carolyn as she begins her presidency,” said Boris Baltes, interim dean of the College of Education and senior associate provost for faculty affairs and associate vice president of academic personnel. “Carolyn is one of our many distinguished faculty members who are making a difference in education and other fields here and abroad through their teaching, research, service and leadership. I am confident she will have a positive impact on CCEAM and its members.” 

Since 1970, the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management has been a professional organization dedicated to creating and sharing knowledge about research and practice in educational administration, management and leadership, as well as encouraging high standards in the study, practice and preparation of educational administrators, managers and leaders. The organization also advances social justice and equity in the field and promotes activities and events — including international and regional conferences — that help facilitate awareness, understanding and collaboration on issues. 


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