Carnines Comeback Campaign, Education Leadership with New Scholarship




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The deputy. Les Carnine and his wife, Linda, have committed $250,000 to a new scholarship at the College of Education and Health Professions.

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas — The University of Arkansas alumni Les Carnine and his wife Linda, of Edmond, Oklahoma, have committed $250,000 to the College of Education and Health Professions and Campaign Arkansas . Their donation will create the Carnine Endowed Scholarship in Education Leadership.

“We feel very lucky and we both have a passion for education,” Les Carnine said. “Helping others is part of our DNA.”

The Carnine Endowed Scholarship in Educational Leadership will benefit students pursuing a doctorate in education in the Educational Leadership program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Health Professions.

“Les and Linda have been tremendous supporters of our college and the entire field of public education,” said Michael T. Miller, Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions. “I first met Les when he led our research advocacy network and provided important data to public schools in Arkansas to help them make good decisions. He has truly been a champion in helping schools perform, and this scholarship will help bring the best students possible to lead our schools.

“The impact of a quality education has immeasurable benefits not only for the individual but also for the community and society at large,” Carnine said. “Quality leadership is an essential ingredient. This has an impact on students, families and colleagues. Linda and I want to do everything we can to help people who aspire to educational leadership.

“As a former graduate student, I understand that it is an effort for these students to find the money to finance their studies. We want to give them a hand and find out what impact education can have on people’s lives.

Les Carnine earned a bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and a master’s degree from Central Missouri State University. In Missouri, Carnine met others who had earned doctorates at the U of A, and they suggested he consider college.

Carnine and his wife moved to Fayetteville in the late 1960s.

“We really enjoyed our time at the university,” he said. “Once I became a Razorback – even though we weren’t native – it became a lifelong love affair.”

After Les Carnine earned a doctorate in educational administration, the couple moved to Independence, Missouri, where Les became principal. They then moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where Les worked as an assistant superintendent and assistant superintendent.

During his career, Carnine worked for the Arkansas School Districts in Harrison, Texarkana and Little Rock and the Wichita Falls School District in Texas. He also worked in banking for a short time and taught at Kansas State as an assistant professor of finance.

Les Carnines returned to Fayetteville in the 2000s, where Les Carnine served as executive-in-residence at the College of Education and Health Professions and taught as an adjunct professor for six years. He was later elected to the Arkansas Legislative Assembly and served the state until it was term bound.

Linda Carnine has spent her career as an elementary school teacher – for the first and second grades and the gifted and talented classes – and as an education specialist. She also taught undergraduate courses at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Carnines have 70 years of parenting experience between them – Linda with 27 and Les with 43.

Les Carnine served on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Education and Health Professions and was honored as the first recipient of the college’s Alumni Award for outstanding professional and personal achievement and extraordinary distinction in the profession. education in 2011.

The Carnines are members of the Arkansas Alumni Association and the Chancellor’s Society.

About the Arkansas Campaign: Campaign Arkansas is the ongoing fundraising campaign for the University of Arkansas to raise private donations for the university’s academic mission and other key priorities. The campaign goal is to raise $1 billion to support need-based scholarships and scholarships, technology upgrades, new and renovated facilities, undergraduate, graduate research and faculty, study abroad opportunities, and other innovative programs. The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education to undergraduate and graduate students in a wide range of disciplines as it strives to fulfill its public land-grant mission to serve Arkansas and beyond as a partner, resource and catalyst.

About the College of Education and Health Professions: The College of Education and Health Professions offers advanced academic degrees along with professional development opportunities and learning communities to serve the education and health systems of Arkansas and beyond. The college works closely with education officials across the state to continuously improve education systems and student outcomes and with health officials to improve those systems and health outcomes for all.

The college is unique because it focuses on two very important areas: education and health. The college prepares teachers at all levels of public school, school administrators, school researchers and policy makers, and special education teachers. It also prepares adult educators and professionals for higher education. On the health side, the college prepares nurses, speech pathologists, health educators and administrators, recreation professionals, rehabilitation counselors, and human performance researchers.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas offers an internationally competitive education to undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes to new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while providing services to academic and professional disciplines.

Janice G. Ball