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Published on May 25th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Dr. Lady June Cole, My Sister’s Keeper Award Honoree

Pictured: Mary Miller McClellan, Chapter President, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. and Keisha Wright,  Luncheon Committee co-Chair, present the 2016 Chapter Recognition Award to Honoree Dr. Lady June Cole, President, Allen University

In September 2015, the Allen University Board of Trustees named Dr. Lady June Cole President of the University.  A lifelong educator, she is a widely respected administrator and scholar with two graduate degrees from Harvard University and a doctorate from Boston College. She became involved in higher education administration and professional development in the 1990s, after numerous years as an educator. Dr. Cole holds a Ph.D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College; a Master’s of Science from Harvard University School of Public Health; a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Harvard University Graduate School of Education; a Masters of Education from John Carroll University; and a Bachelor’s of Science from Hampton University.

Dr. Cole most recently served Allen University as Vice President of Academic Affairs.  In this capacity, she had responsibility for the faculty, the Registrar’s office, the Grants Office, Athletics, Information Technology and the J.S. Flipper Library. The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for the oversight of curriculum development; community collaborations; academic policies; and university and program accreditation(s). This includes creating authentic life experiences, to develop leaders who are ethical, and who uphold positive principles and the university’s Core Values.

Prior to her recent positions at Allen University, Dr. Cole served as a clinical professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. and as the tenured Chair of the Department of Elementary Education at Wheelock College, located in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Cole has extensive experience in community outreach, teaching, diversity, professional development, and assisting students with the transition to college.

Dr. Cole has presented at national and local research conferences on a variety of topics related to urban and rural education, adolescent development, literacy development, and drug-exposed children.  She has received awards and recognition from various community organizations including the Boston Higher Education Partnership, Simmons College, the Girl Scouts and the Women of Power in Columbia, SC.




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