Touro College Names New Dean of Graduate School of Education

Innovator, Educational Leader and Researcher to Prepare Next Generation of Teachers

Date: April 19, 2018
Dr. Jacob Easley II
Dr. Jacob Easley II
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New York, NY—Dr. Jacob Easley II was appointed Dean of the Touro College Graduate School of Education, Touro President Dr. Alan Kadish announced today. 

Dr. Easley previously served as dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he strengthened a multitude of academic programs departments and collaborated with leadership to promote quality undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. He also chaired the Education Division at University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.  

“Dr. Jacob Easley is an innovator in education and leadership preparation and we know he will institute positive change and help Touro’s graduate students excel as they begin their teaching careers,” said Kadish.

Dr. Easley earned his PhD in Educational Leadership (Curriculum and Supervision) from the Pennsylvania State University, an MA in Applied Linguistics/English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Morehouse College. He also holds a graduate certificate in Educational Administration from Georgia State University.

Dr. Easley is a member of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation’s (AAQEP) Inaugural Board of Directors and was formerly one of ten Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars nationally selected by the U.S. Department of Education. 

His research focuses on policy and politics of education, leadership preparation and international perspectives on school effectiveness. He has contributed to numerous initiatives related to educational improvement and accountability and his latest book, “Educational Accountability: International Perspectives on Challenges and Possibilities for School Leadership” explores the meaning of educational accountability around the globe.

“I am proud to join Touro College as the next dean of the Graduate School of Education. The school’s silver anniversary is marked by noteworthy service to  New York’s communities and schools. Working closely with faculty, staff, students, alumni and partners, I look forward to furthering the legacy of education with empathy that will positively impact the profession for years to come,” said Dr. Easley.

Touro's Graduate School of Education is the largest provider of new special education teachers to New York City's public schools, and one of the largest providers of teachers to "high need schools" – those that face special challenges in helping students succeed.

About the Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,200 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 30 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: