Dr. Zoe Locklear named dean of School of Education


Dr. Zoe W. Locklear was named dean of the School of Education at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, effective November 1, 2005. Dr. Locklear served as interim dean since January.

Zoe LocklearA Pembroke native and 1977 UNCP graduate, Dr. Locklear was the first dean of the School of Education in 2000. She left the University to become associate superintendent for the Public Schools of Robeson County and in 2002 was named associate superintendent of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

Dr. Charles Harrington, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, made the announcement.

“I am delighted that Dr. Locklear has accepted the position of dean of the School of Education,” Dr. Harrington said. “She is without question the most qualified candidate for the post. Her extensive experience, demonstrated leadership and proven track record of establishing and sustaining partnerships with regional and state education professionals make Zoe the ideal candidate for the deanship.

“She has a solid track record in teacher preparation and educational reform, which will serve The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the region extremely well for years to come,” Dr. Harrington said. Chancellor Meadors and I are expecting big things from our School of Education now that Dr. Locklear is at the helm.”

Dr. Locklear said she looks forward to meeting the challenge of producing high quality teachers for the future.

“It is truly a professional honor and privilege to be named dean of the School of Education,” Dr. Locklear said. “I am extremely pleased that Chancellor Meadors and Provost Harrington have given me this opportunity to work collaboratively not only with the outstanding teacher education faculty and staff at the University, but also with our many regional and state school partners.

“As the year progresses, there are a number of challenges to address including the severe teacher shortage,” she said. “However, the School of Education is poised to assist in meeting the demand for highly qualified teachers and administrators.

“As dean, I am looking forward to meeting with school leaders and others to make sure the School of Education is being responsive to their needs, not only for producing personnel, but also for providing high quality professional development,” Dr. Locklear said. “The bottom line for the teacher education program is making sure that each educator we produce is able to serve children and their families in a manner that will assist them in being successful both in and out of the classroom. At UNCP, we have always taken this responsibility seriously, and I certainly look forward to continuing our legacy of excellence.”

As UNCP’s first dean, Dr. Locklear led the School of Education to its first “exemplary” rating from DPI, and UNCP was one of only two universities to achieve that rating every year of the survey.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in education from UNCP, Dr. Locklear earned a Master of Education degree and a Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill.

She served UNCP’s Education Department as director of the Master's in School Administration program and director of teacher education, student teaching and university-school partnerships. Dr. Locklear was named Outstanding Alumnus by the UNCP Alumni Association in 2003.
Dr. Locklear has served the state in many capacities: member of the state Board of Education (1999-2002), member of the Board of Education’s Special Committee on Lateral Entry Teachers, Charter School Advisory Committee, Council of Chief State School Officers Special Education Task Force, UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Education Alumni Council, North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley's Education First Task Force, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Professional Development Committee and the state Advisory Council on Indian Education.