Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2012-01-19


Emily Schultz, education policy director for the state of Alabama, will address education students and area educators at Samford University Tuesday, Jan. 31.

The event, sponsored by Samford’s Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education, will be at 5:30 p.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall. The public is invited.

Schultz, a Birmingham native, was appointed to the newly created post by Alabama governor Robert Bentley in November.

Previously, Schultz worked under the chancellor of Washington, D.C., public schools during a time when that school system saw many changes.  More recently, she was a consultant in Rhode Island, where her consulting group helped restructure a failing school.

In her new post in Alabama, Schultz will counsel the governor in education matters and be a liaison to K-12, post-secondary and higher education. During her Samford talk, she will discuss her new role, outline the governor’s education agenda and answer questions from the audience.

Schultz, who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Carleton College in Minnesota, taught for two years in Atlanta, Ga., public schools through Teach for America. She earned a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in public policy and organizational theory from Stanford University in California in 2008.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.