Miller new executive director of Kansas Educational Leadership Institute
MANHATTAN — Mischel D. Miller has joined the College of Education as executive director of the Kansas Educational Leadership Institute, or KELI. She most recently served as director of teacher licensure and accreditation at the Kansas State Department of Education.
The institute provides induction and mentoring of new superintendents, principals, building leaders and special education directors, and provides professional learning opportunities for district and building leaders.
"I am excited to carry on the rich legacy of the Kansas Education Leadership Institute and to impact Kansas kids by supporting our educational leaders," Miller said.
According to Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education, the institute's directorship is one of the most consequential education positions in the state, and Miller brings a wealth of experience to it.
"We are elated Mischel has joined the college," Mercer said. "Her experience as a teacher and administrator combined with her terminal degrees and 30,000-foot-view of education made her the ideal candidate because she knows Kansas schools. It will be fascinating to watch her lead KELI in its second decade."
Miller earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in education leadership, and an education specialist degree in education. She is licensed as an elementary teacher, with endorsements in English as a second language, reading specialist, building leadership and district leadership. Further, she holds a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from Kansas State University where her dissertation research focused on leadership through the pandemic.