CELL Announces Acting Executive Director
October 29, 2014
Janet Boyle has been selected to be the acting executive director of the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis. David Dresslar, who has served as CELL’s executive director since 2008, is taking an extended medical leave of absence beginning on November 3, 2014 to undergo a bone marrow transplant.
In response to this leadership change, Dresslar stated, “Janet is a highly qualified and capable individual who is well known for her educational leadership skills. The transition for CELL will be seamless, and our mission will continue unabated under her direction.”
Boyle has been CELL’s assistant executive director since 2011 and also has had primary responsibility for CELL’s work with the Early College model, which allows students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education to earn both a high school diploma and up to two years of credit toward a college degree.
Under her leadership, CELL will continue to pursue a variety of initiatives including collaborating with regional workforce development partners; exploring the creation of a statewide polytechnic network; expanding K-12 teachers’ knowledge of STEM fields in partnership with higher education institutions; and providing statewide support to improve teacher quality.
Boyle’s career includes 13 years of teaching at the university level as an associate professor of education at Manchester College, University of WI–Stevens Point, and IUPUI. She has also served in several administrative roles, including curriculum director at Center Grove and Wayne Township schools, assistant principal of Ben Davis High School, and assistant superintendent of curriculum at Center Grove.
Boyle graduated magna cum laude from Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in English education and a minor in special education. While teaching English at Concord Jr. High School in Elkhart, IN, Janet earned her master’s degree in secondary school administration from Indiana State. She completed her Ph.D. at Indiana State with a major in secondary curriculum & instruction and cognates of gifted education, administration, and English education.