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MSU was founded in 1855 as a federal land-grant college. According to U.S. News and World Report, the College of Education is ranked among the top in the nation and MSU is one of the top 100 global universities. Well beyond rankings, however, the MSU proposal and site visit evidenced a deep dedication to “outreach scholarship,” belief in service, and commitment to the public good.  

The College of Education has a long-standing mission towards Leadership, Scholarship and Service. In this light, the college strives for excellence in: preparing professionals for leadership roles in education, seeking to understand, reform and improve education, and examining issues of education across the lifespan. This mission is closely aligned with UCEA’s focus on research, policy and preparation to advance educational leadership.    


UCEA Headquarters Staff

Mónica Byrne-Jiménez
Executive Director
  John Yun
Associate Director
Chris Torres
Associate Director
  Karl Gildner
Project and Events Manager
Chris Thelen
Policy & Outreach Specialist
Ruth Norris
Headquarters Coordinator
Mariama Ngbe
Post-Doctoral Research Associate

  Alounso Gilzene
Graduate Assistant
Briana Coleman
Graduate Assistant

Yujin Oh
Graduate Assistant



Yi-Chih Chiang
Graduate Assistant
  Dasmen Richards
Graduate Assistant
Lawrence Louis
Graduate Assistant
  Talgat Bainazarov
Graduate Assistant
Off-Site Staff
Pei-Ling Lee
  Off-Site Staff
Jennifer Cook
Publications & Communications Editor

Mailing/Physical Address:

University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)
Michigan State University
College of Education
620 Farm Lane
431 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Please email the office at ucea@msu.edu if any questions.