Education leader Gangone to deliver virtual commencement address


10 a.m. Friday, May 8 — Virtual commencement

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East Carolina University will celebrate the Class of 2020 with a virtual commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, May 8. Education leader Dr. Lynn M. Gangone will deliver the keynote address for more than 5,000 spring graduates and their families, friends and supporters.

“This university will forever remember the Class of 2020 as its most adaptive, its most resilient and its most patient,” said Dr. Ron Mitchelson, interim chancellor. “Given my experiences in life, these are very good attributes and can only spell future success for the members of this outstanding class. I, for one, will never forget them.”

The virtual commencement ceremony will be posted on ECU’s official commencement website at 10 a.m. Friday, May 8. The Class of 2020 includes the recipients of 3,860 undergraduate degrees and 1,201 graduate and doctoral degrees.

Gangone, the president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), is a seasoned education leader with association, agency and campus-based leadership experience. As a faculty member, campus senior administrator, association executive, and lobbyist and policy analyst, Gangone brings a unique perspective to her work.

Education leader Lynn Gangone will present the keynote address for ECU’s virtual commencement ceremony. (Contributed photo)

She began her career in education working on Carl Perkins vocational equity grants, working through the New York State Education Department, and later, New Jersey, developing and delivering pre-K through 12th grade professional development to teachers and guidance counselors. Later, as vice president of the Maryland Independent College and University Association, she led the association’s academic policy and related lobbying work, with specific oversight of teacher education and accreditation. She served as visiting professor at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and as a clinical professor at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education.

Prior to her appointment as president and CEO of AACTE, she served as vice president at the American Council on Education (ACE), where she and her team guided programs, products and services for current and future leaders. She served as dean of Colorado Women’s College, University of Denver, as executive director of the National Association for Women in Education, and as vice president of development, as well as vice president/dean of students, at Centenary University in New Jersey. Gangone consults, writes and speaks on education leadership, advancement of underrepresented men and women, strategic planning, and change management.

Gangone received her doctoral and master’s degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University; a master’s in counseling psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York; and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the College of New Rochelle.