Drs. Christina O'Connor, Tina Chestnut, and Carl Lashley pose for a group photo at the ELC Doctoral Hooding Celebration ceremony in December of 2022

In conjunction with the UNCG Doctoral Hooding Ceremony that occurred on Thursday, December 8, the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) held a lunchtime celebration for its Summer and Fall 2022 doctoral graduates.

The newly hooded doctors from ELC included:

Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EdD)

  • Michael Bayless
  • Kim Britt
  • Tina Chestnut
  • Robin Harris
  • Tiffany Newsome
  • Christina Richardson
  • Tracy Smith Pennington

Doctor in Philosophy in Educational Studies with a concentration in Cultural Foundations (PhD)

  • Cristina Dominguez
  • Chad Harris
  • Nicole Hall

At the celebration, ELC also recognized Dr. Carl Lashley, the department’s longtime colleague who retired this past summer. Dr. Lashley’s dedicated career in K-12 and higher education included 24 years of service to ELC, the SOE, and UNCG. He also remains a nationally-recognized expert in the study and practice of specialized education services and educational law, and he has provided support to educational leadership efforts across North Carolina and the nation. Among Lashley’s many contributions, he received true renown as an eager, prolific, and supportive dissertation chair and committee member. To provide a sense of his influence in this arena, during his career he chaired or co-chaired over 80 dissertation committees to completion. Fittingly, he hooded Dr. Christina Richardson earlier that morning.

The drop-in reception began soon after the conclusion of the UNCG Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres were served as friends, family, students, and colleagues gathered to honor the doctoral graduates and Dr. Lashley.

ELC thanks Barbara Halbert, Akila Hardy-Cole, Dr. Tiffanie Lewis-Durham, Sharon Pengal, Jewell Pradier, Kristina Joyner, and Chris Rash for their assistance. And big, big appreciation from ELC to Nor Othman-Le Saux for her efforts in organizing and executing the event.