EdD student MacKinney receives award from AASA

February 9, 2016

MacKinney also a participant in AASA-USC Rossier Urban Superintendents Academy

Kimberly MacKinney

Kimberly MacKinney

Kimberly MacKinney, a current EdD student and participant in the AASA-USC Rossier Urban Superintendents Academy, has been selected to receive a scholarship form the School Superintendents Association (AASA) in recognition of her outstanding graduate work.

She will be one of seven graduate students to receive a $2,500 scholarship in a ceremony on Feb. 13 at AASA’s National Conference on Education—“Leading for Excellence”— in Phoenix, Ariz.

Past recipients of the award include USC Clinical Professors Mike Escalante EdD ’02 and Stuart Gothold EdD ’74, among many other USC Rossier alumni.

“Kimberly has been a real leader in her thematic dissertation group,” said Gothold, her dissertation chair, “and she is always anticipating the needs and next steps the group needs to take in the research process.”

“As a participant in the Urban Superintendents’ Academy, Kimberly has put to good use the leadership skills she is learning.”

—Clinical Professor Stuart Gothold EdD ’74

MacKinney is a member of the first cohort of the Urban Superintendents Academy, which launched in October 2015. It is designed to help more underrepresented educators become school district leaders.

“As a participant in the Urban Superintendents’ Academy, Kimberly has put to good use the leadership skills she is learning,” continues Gothold. “I am very pleased and proud of Kimberly. She is an outstanding representative of USC Rossier at this prestigious national recognition event.”

MacKinney is serving in her second year as chief academic officer for Oro Grande School District. Prior to her tenure in Oro Grande, she held various administrative positions in the Fontana Unified School District, including director of secondary instruction, director of assessment & evaluation, principal, and assistant principal. She will complete her doctorate in Rossier’s K-12 educational leadership program in spring 2016.

The Urban Superintendents Academy is a partnership between AASA and Rossier’s Office for Professional Development.