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Former education professor to launch University's retention services

September 30, 2003

Dr. Harriett McQueen, former director of school-based experiences, College of Education, is returning to Austin Peay to provide leadership for the start-up of the new Office of Retention Services.

McQueen served as chair of the business education department from 1978-1986. In 1991 she was named director of school-based experiences for the College of Education.
September 30, 2003

Dr. Harriett McQueen, former director of school-based experiences, College of Education, is returning to Austin Peay to provide leadership for the start-up of the new Office of Retention Services.

McQueen served as chair of the business education department from 1978-1986. In 1991 she was named director of school-based experiences for the College of Education.

She also has served and continues to serve as a consultant for the Tennessee Department of Education, Division of Vocational Education, providing program assistance for business education teachers in Montgomery and surrounding counties.

McQueen received a leave of absence from APSU in 2001 to go to Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City, as dean of the College of Education. While there, she led the transition to the new standards for accreditation and redirected teacher education to assure all programs met the requirements of their specialty professional organizations. She retired from APSU in 2002 to remain at Oklahoma Christian an additional year for the purpose of addressing the impact of the No Child Left Behind legislation on the teacher education program.

She is married to Dr. Leon McQueen, chairman of the mathematics department. They are the parents of two married sons and have one granddaughter.

This week, Dr. McQueen agreed to serve on an interim basis as the director of retention services while the university continues its search for a permanent director. “Of course, the task of such a position is to examine retention efforts, evaluate their effectiveness, and determine changes that seem promising in increasing the retention rate of all students," McQueen says. "While retention has always been a concern of the University community, this is the greatest commitment to making a difference APSU has ever made. We know of institutions where similar efforts have resulted in a significant increase, and that is our goal at APSU.”

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