Dr. Zoe Locklear named interim dean of School of Education


Dr. Zoe Locklear was named interim dean of the School of Education at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Zoe LocklearDr. Locklear returned to the University in fall 2004 after serving as an associate superintendent for the North Carolina Department of Instruction (DPI). Before that, she was the first dean of UNCP’s School of Education.

A Pembroke native and 1977 UNCP graduate, Dr. Locklear will serve as dean through June 30, 2005, and a national search will begin to find a new dean. Dr. Warren Baker stepped down as dean, effective December 31, 2004, and returned to the classroom full time.

“On behalf of Chancellor Allen C. Meadors and the entire University community, I want to publicly thank Dr. Baker for his exceptional leadership over the past several years,” said Dr. Roger Brown, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “It has been a pleasure working with Dr. Baker, and I congratulate him on the many accomplishments of the school under his direction.”

Dr. Brown said the University and the education community are pleased to have Dr. Locklear back.

“We are indeed fortunate to have someone with Zoe’s experience, knowledge, and dedication to step into this position,” he said. “Please join me in congratulating Warren on a job well done and welcoming Zoe back as interim.”

Dr. Locklear was named Outstanding Alumnus in 2003. As dean, she led the School of Education to its first exemplary rating from DPI, and UNCP is one of only two universities to achieve that rating every year of the survey.

Dr. Locklear was the first dean of the newly formed School of Education in 2000. She also served as an associate superintendent for the Public Schools of Robeson County.

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 School of Education as director of the Master's in School Administration program and director of teacher education, student teaching and university-school partnerships. Dr. Locklear 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.