Dr. Mark Joyce Chosen as Graduate Commencement Speaker

April 15th, 2005 by Adam

Dr. Mark Joyce, the executive director and treasurer of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, will be the keynote speaker at Plymouth State University’s Graduate Commencement Saturday, May 14. Joyce will also address members of the Phi Delta Kappa education honor society Friday, May 13.

Joyce’s Friday evening address is titled “Beginning Advice to the Next Generation of Educational Leaders – Lessons from Practitioners.” His commencement address, “How Would Columbus Survive in the 21st Century? – The Role of a Compass and Sustaining Support Structures in Leadership,” will also focus on the importance of leadership skills.

Joyce earned his bachelor’s degree from Niagara University and a teaching certification and Masters in Education, specializing in Educational Administration, from the University of New Hampshire. In 1986, he earned his Doctorate in Education from Boston College, specializing in leadership, curriculum and instruction. He has worked as a secondary and middle school teacher, elementary and secondary school principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. Joyce has also taught graduate-level education classes.

Across the country, Joyce is known as a strong advocate for public education. He has been a critic of the shortcomings of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, and a passionate proponent of rigorous and valid measures of student and school achievement.

In addition to his service as executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, Joyce was recently elected President-Elect of the Association of State Executives. In July he will assume leadership of the national organization that represents the leaders of state administrator associations throughout the United States and Canada. Joyce is a frequent public speaker and consultant to businesses and organizations, focusing on issues of education, leadership and communication.

This year’s graduating class includes 199 candidates in the Master of Education (M.Ed) program, 1 candidate in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, 35 candidates in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program and 27 candidates in the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program.