PhD in educational leadership. student wins Louise McBee scholarship from GAWHE

ATLANTA–Mercer University College of Education doctoral student Retina Burton received the Louise McBee Fellowship from the Georgian Association for Women in Higher Education.

The $1,000 scholarship, named after a former University of Georgia vice president of academic affairs who influenced education and politics statewide, supports educational enrichment for women exhibiting leadership potential in an area of ​​higher education.

Burton, a student at PhD in Educational Leadership program, was one of four recipients of this year’s scholarships recognized at the GAWHE Spring Meeting in February.

“It is a privilege to be the recipient of the Louise McBee scholarship. The award will help me greatly as I pursue my doctoral studies here at Mercer University,” Burton said.

Burton’s mentor, Dr. Carol Isaac, an associate professor of instructional leadership, received $500 for her professional development through the scholarship program. Additionally, Burton and Dr. Isaac received free registration for the GAWHE annual meeting.

“Retina is an exemplary researcher and so deserving of this award. I am so proud of her efforts and her impact on women in higher education leadership,” said Dr. Isaac.

Burton is currently the Director of the Dual Degree Engineering Program and Office of Science, Engineering, and Technical Careers (DDEP/OSETC) at Spelman College in Atlanta. She worked at Spelman for more than 16 years after almost seven years as a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin Corporation.

His areas of expertise include fundraising, project management, teaching and instruction, strategy development and implementation, partnership development and collaboration, and cross-cultural competence and communication. .

She has served as a faculty member in the Physics Department at Spelman, Educational Advisor for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE)/National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Mentor for the Career Pathway Initiative (CPI) Fellowship, Facilitator for the Summer Science Engineering Program and Co-Principal Investigator for the Women in Engineering STEM Summer Bridge Program.

She is a recipient of the Bold and Fearless Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Top Ladies of Distinction Inc.

Burton received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University and his Masters in Technical Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

About the College of Education

Mercer University’s Tift College of Education—with campuses in Macon, Atlanta, and the University’s two regional academic centers—prepares more professional educators than any other private institution in Georgia. Named after the former women’s college that merged with Mercer in 1986, the College of Education offers bachelor’s and graduate degrees and is guided by the Transforming Educator framework, which supports those who aspire to grow professionally throughout their careers, while also seeking to transform the lives of students. For more information, visit

Janice G. Ball