Program Governance

Governance Structure

The SFSU Doctorate in Educational Leadership is governed by an Executive Committee consisting of faculty, staff, and students. The program is staffed by the interim director, the interim associate director, the graduate coordinator, and the academic office coordinator, and is overseen by the deans of graduate studies and the Graduate College of Education.

Ed.D. Program Staff

Ed.D. Program Staff
Ed.D. Program Staff Email

Dr. Barbara Henderson, Director

Dr. Violet Ballard, Graduate Coordinator

Alesha Sohler, Program Analyst

Dr. Chris Collins, Academic Advisor
SF State Burk Hall Building

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee provides direct oversight of all aspects of the program including: recruitment, admissions, curriculum, assessment, and other academic and administrative issues. The Committee supports the director in the day-to-day academic administration of the Educational Leadership Program. It is comprised of a minimum of eight faculty members selected by the Governance Board and the Director. In addition, each year three student representatives are selected, one from each of the current cohorts.

Executive Committee Minutes

Executive Committee
Executive Committee Email
Barbara Henderson
Violet Ballard
Rama Kased
Robert Bonner
George Barganier
Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui
Omar Murillo
Jamal Cooks
Sara Marcopulos — 2025 Cohort Representative  
Erica Kent Cespedes — 2024 Cohort Representative  
Olabisi Adesuyi-Fasuyi — 2023 Cohort Representative  
TBD — 2023 Cohort Representative  

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