Fran Schlenoff of Rockaway, N.J., Earns Doctorate in Educational Leadership at College of Saint Elizabeth

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MORRISTOWN, NJ (03/31/2014)(readMedia)--  Fran Schlenoff of Rockaway, N.J., has successfully defended her dissertation at the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE), 2 Convent Road, Morristown, N.J., to earn her doctorate in educational leadership. Schlenoff's dissertation is entitled, "Perceptions of the School Community as it Implements New Jersey Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Legislation." She is principal of Byram Intermediate School in Stanhope, N.J.

"The program has helped me in my personal and professional life," said Schlenoff. "It allowed me to network and learn from outstanding professionals in the educational field who care deeply about our students' growth socially, academically and emotionally. The professors are passionate about developing leaders who not only care about education but truly believe that transformation is possible to support each and every child."

Schlenoff, an educator since 1979, graduated from the University of Maryland and Towson State University before beginning her career teaching social studies and the gifted education programs in Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. She moved on to become a school counselor at Sparta, N.J., middle school after obtaining a master's degree in counseling and psychology at Montclair State University. In 2008, she graduated from the NJExcel Educational Leadership Program in Monroe, N.J. She enjoys presenting workshops on student success skills, positive transitions, student-led conferencing, Danielson teaching model and personalized student learning plans.

The doctoral program at CSE, which is dedicated to preparing leaders who are committed to social justice and ethical practice, began in August 2007. "Integrated into all course work and learning activities are the central values and beliefs necessary for school leaders to function as morally purposeful stewards for their school communities," states Dr. John Crews, Ed.D., CSE educational leadership program chair. "This philosophy of servant leadership represents a major shift from the traditional paradigm of school leaders as managers of resources, which is so prevalent in today's practices."

Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey, the College of Saint Elizabeth enrolls more than 1,500 full- and part-time students in more than 25 undergraduate, 10 graduate and two doctoral degree programs; an educational leadership and a Psy.D. in counseling psychology. For information on other activities or programs, visit the College of Saint Elizabeth web site at