With more than 40 years of professional educational experience, Denlinger assumes her new position after having served as associate professor and director of the university’s education department since July 2011. A legacy alumna of William Peace University, where she earned her associate of arts degree, followed by a bachelor’s degree from Campbell College and a master’s and doctorate degrees in education administration from Campbell University, Denlinger served as president of the Wake Education Partnership from 2007 to 2010 before joining the university. She has the distinction of being the first woman to be named North Carolina Superintendent of the Year in 2000, during her tenure as the top administrator of Durham Public Schools from 1997-2006. Denlinger worked briefly as a senior associate at the Schlechty Center for Leadership and School Reform before joining the Partnership on May 1, 2007. Prior to her position at Durham Public Schools, she was superintendent of Wilson County Schools from 1992 to 1997, preceded by working in the Wake County Public School District, where she started her career and served as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, a principal and a teacher. She received the Jay Robinson Leadership Award in 2006, given by the Public School Forum of North Carolina, in recognition of her deep commitment to helping all children.
“For decades, Ann Denlinger has been recognized as a committed leader for excellence in education in North Carolina, so I am pleased that she is assuming a bigger role in helping to lead our university in reaching the next level in the future,” said Dr. Townsley. “It is an honor when one of our distinguished alumni agrees to serve in a key position at the university which she attended. I look forward to her contributions as she oversees dynamic transformations at our institution of higher learning.”
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- Denlinger’s other honors include being the first school superintendent to receive the prestigious Durham Chamber of Commerce Civic Honor Award in 2003. She was selected to join the Academy of Women by the Greater Triangle YWCA and has received the Peace College Distinguished Alumna Award.
- She is a native of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., where she attended public schools.
ABOUT WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY:
William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women's institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and will begin admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.
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