Story and photo courtesy of Joan C. McKinney, Campbellsville University news and publications coordinator.
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Dr. Donna Hedgepath, Campbellsville University’s vice president for academic affairs, to the Education Professional Standards Board.
EPSB is the state agency that oversees teacher preparation programs and the certification of P-12 educators in Kentucky. EPSB is governed by a 17 member board composed of educators and administrators from P-12 and postsecondary education. State statute stipulates that one of the 17 EPSB members must be an academic vice president from a nonprofit private college or university.
“My appointment to serve on the Education Professional Standards Board is an honor,” Hedgepath said. “It is an honor to represent the independent colleges and universities in Kentucky as we ensure the highest quality standards for educator preparation and certification practice.”
Hedgepath represents AIKCU’s chief academic officers on EPSB and shall serve for a term expiring Sept. 18, 2018.
AIKCU president Dr. Gary S. Cox said, “We’re extremely pleased that Dr. Hedgepath has been appointed to EPSB to represent teacher preparation programs at Kentucky’s private colleges.
“There is no doubt she will do an excellent job, especially given her background and experience as a highly respected public school teacher, education dean and chief academic officer.”
Hedgepath brings to her new role on EPSB more than ten years of experience with Campbellsville University and proven administrative leadership skills as a vice president, academic dean and faculty member. She also has significant public school classroom experience, having served as a teacher in the Marion County School System from 1993 to 2001 and taught one year in the Taylor County School System.
Hedgepath became Campbellsville University’s new academic vice president in July. She replaced Dr. Frank Cheatham, who retired after serving 42 years at Campbellsville.
Before becoming vice president, Hedgepath served as dean of the Campbellsville University School of Education. Prior to her tenure as dean, Hedgepath was a faculty member in both the Schools of Education and Music.
Hedgepath obtained a Ph.D. in Music Education in 2006 from the University of Kentucky, where she specialized in teacher quality. She received her Master of Music in Music Education degree from Campbellsville University in 1999 with core content for arts and humanities curriculum alignment as her research focus. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from CU in 1992. She also has a rank I in vocal music K-12 and gifted and talented education endorsement from Western Kentucky University.
She is married to Pete Hedgepath and has three sons.