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Colin Winter

Colin joined the Woodrow Wilson staff in May 2015 as Deputy Director of the Woodrow Wilson M.B.A. Fellowship in Education Leadership. Prior to joining Woodrow, Colin was the Senior Director and Head of Open Enrollment programs for the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Under Colin’s leadership, the open enrollment program became the #3 program in the world (rising from #14) in the Financial Times annual Executive Education rankings. Colin earned his MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. His career reflects a deep passion for adult learning design and program development, starting with his years working at Accenture in instructional design in the 1990s, then launching an experiential education company in the early 2000s, to his time leading major educational programs at Darden and Woodrow.  

LeAnn Buntrock

LeAnn joined the Woodrow Wilson staff in 2013 as Director of the Woodrow Wilson M.B.A. Fellowship in Education Leadership. She was formerly Executive Director of the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education at the University of Virginia. Dr. Buntrock earned her J.D. from the University of Richmond and her Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Virginia. Her background demonstrates her deep commitment to education, ranging from her early years as a teacher in elementary education to several years of advocacy in education and family law.

Overview of what we do:

School and district leadership matters more than ever in giving all of the nation’s students access to outstanding education. However, current school leader preparation programs, which typically offer an M.Ed. to educate principals and an Ed.D. for prospective superintendents, are generally poor. The research shows that admissions and graduation standards are the lowest among programs offered by education schools. Coursework is largely unrelated to the positions students are preparing for. The clinical portions of the program are often weak and disconnected from the academic program. Too many teachers—nearly half of the degree candidates enrolled—take these programs, which are thought of as the easiest route to a master’s degree, for the salary bump they bring. Thus, many current programs place a premium on fast and easy programs. In addition, no state requires that superintendents have an Ed.D.

Because of this, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation set out to create a new, more rigorous terminal degree to prepare school leaders, the MBA in Education Leadership. The mission of the program is to recruit and prepare outstanding leaders for schools and districts and to transform the way in which school leaders are prepared at American universities. The WW MBA Fellowship is particularly well-positioned to prepare leaders for high-need schools in urban districts that require more complex leadership and management skills than ever before. 

The Foundation began the WW MBA Fellowship program in 2012. Today it involves six universities in three states, including Indiana University and the University of New Mexico. 

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Rockfish Valley Community Center

501 (C) (3) Non-Profit Organization

190 Rockfish School Lane, Afton, VA 22920

 PO Box 106, Nellysford, VA 22958 | Office: 434-361-0100 |Fax: 434-361-0102 |

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