Yates named chair of Education Department
Jan. 13, 2009
Dr. Margie Yates, assistant professor of
education, has been named the new chair of the education department at
LaGrange College, taking over from Dr. Don Livingston, who is returning
to the classroom after leading the department for five years.
“I have decided to step down to devote more of
my energies to teaching and scholarship,” Livingston said. “I have been
asked to contribute to a new book and have several research projects on
the back burner; one of which will require some fieldwork. When I
considered embarking on an ambitious research agenda along with handling
the duties of a large department, I concluded that I had to choose one
or the other. Fortunately, Dr. Margie Yates has agreed to take the helm
Dr. Greg McClanahan, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, praised Livingston’s contributions to the department.
“Much of the growth of the graduate Education
programs – in enrollment, breadth and quality – can be attributed to
Don's capable leadership,” he said. “In addition, Don successfully
guided the department through the reaccreditation process with the
Professional Standards Commission last year, and has represented the
College well to the local school district and community.”
Yates has been at LaGrange College since 2005.
She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the
University of Georgia, a master’s degree in early childhood education
from Columbus College and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from
She has served as president of the Georgia
Educational Research Association and is an active board examiner with
the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. At the College, she is
chair of the Academic Policies Committee.
Yates said she feels honored to be selected.
“The Education Department has a history rich in
preparing highly qualified teachers in a caring and supportive
environment,” she said. “I am excited about working with our outstanding
and talented faculty as we continue this legacy and build upon it. One
of my greatest pleasures is working with our schools and the community,
and I look forward to partnering closely with them to help strengthen
our educational system.”