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.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.