Published on November 20, 2019 by Katie Stripling  

Anna McEwan, Ph.D., has been named dean of Samford University’s Orlean Beeson School of Education effective Jan. 2, 2020. McEwan, an accomplished administrator and educator, currently serves as provost, dean and acting chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama.

“We are blessed that Samford’s nationwide search not only brought us a highly-qualified Christian scholar, but an individual with extensive experience in meeting education needs in our state,” said Samford Provost J. Michael Hardin.

Prior to joining Huntingdon College in 2017, McEwan served for nine years as dean of the College of Education at the University of Montevallo. Before that time, she served as professor and elementary program coordinator at Kentucky’s Asbury University and assistant professor and graduate program coordinator at Columbia College in South Carolina.

McEwan earned her Ph.D. in elementary education at Florida State University, her M.A. in elementary education (educational administration concentration) at the University of West Florida and her B.A. in elementary education at Asbury University. Her long list of accomplishments includes authoring self-study reports and managing site visits for two successful NCATE-CAEP accreditation processes for teacher education, redesigning general education and educational program assessment systems for two institutions, increasing faculty and staff diversity at two institutions and many other important initiatives. Her CV includes an impressive list of scholarly publications and presentations.

“I am thrilled to join the Orlean Beeson School of Education family in the new year as we write our next chapter,” said McEwan. “How reassuring it is to know that God’s hand covers our own as we put pen to paper and our dreams become realities.”

Orlean Beeson School of Education enriches the community and empowers its students to educate, lead and serve. Degree programs are offered at the bachelor's, master's, specialist and doctoral levels.