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Prairie View A&M University
College of Education
News Release
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New Dean of Education Lucian Yates III Anchors Himself on “The Hill”


PRAIRIE VIEW -- Prairie View A&M University is pleased to announce that prominent educator and administrator Dr. Lucian Yates III, has been appointed as the new dean of the university’s Whitlowe R. Green College of Education. Yates, who officially started with PVAMU January 2008, was previously the chair and associate professor of the School of Education at Kentucky State University.


“I’m excited about growing and strengthening the programs of the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education. The College has maintained a strong reputation for producing scholars in several disciplines and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead it to greater heights,” said Yates.


The spirited leader replaces former dean M. Paul Mehta, who recently retired after more than a decade of service to PVAMU. In his new post as dean, Yates states that he seeks to further align PVAMU’s education curriculum with other national standards and seeks to gain external funding for initiatives that will enhance learning for students majoring in all areas of education.


Since arriving to campus, Yates has implemented “Breakfast with the Dean” and “Conversations with the Dean” dialogue discussions to develop a relationship with the College’s seasoned faculty and forge new insight from the College’s students. Yates has also successfully implemented two new initiatives within the College. The first being a self assessment method for education students and the second concerns a requirement for education majors to maintain an electronic portfolio. Yates asserts that these new procedures will further develop students for careers in education.


While serving at Kentucky State, Yates was the university’s chief administrator in its School of Education where he oversaw the recruitment, program design, evaluation and certification and quality of the school’s teacher education program. During this post, he led several groundbreaking studies and education programs. 


As a member of the board of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE), he wrote the conceptual paper and implemented the first African American Male Youth Leadership Summit for students in grades eight though ten. In partnership with NABSE, the African American Male Youth Leadership Summit will host its second annual conference on the campus of Prairie View A&M University, July 31-August 3.


Yates has traveled extensively across the U.S. and the world to deliver presentations and facilitate consultations on issues concerning teaching in urban areas, and ways to improve the understanding of the learning styles of African American males and how to reduce high school drop-out rates. In St. Petersburg, Russia, he presented learning strategies on the onset of the country’s move from a communist state to a democratic state and consulted with education corporation Kumon Institute of Education Co., Ltd. in Ottawa, Canada, to deliver advice on how to expand study centers in urban areas.


The author of numerous articles for several  academic journals, Yates has served as the director of education recruitment and retention for the Kentucky Department of Education and as the superintendent of the Harrisburg School District in Harrisburg, Pa. An accomplished professor, he has also been featured in U.S. News and World Report and Atlantic Monthly.


While serving as a principal in Louisville, Kentucky, he served as the principal investigator for a million dollar grant from the General Electric Foundation, which allowed him to double the number of Kentucky high school students that matriculated to post-secondary institutions. Yates earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science and a master’s degree in history and education from Morehead State University. He holds a doctorate degree in curriculum, instruction and supervision from Ohio University.


About Prairie View A&M University:

Ranked the only Texas school on Black Enterprise magazine’s 2006 list of “Top 50 Colleges and Universities for African-Americans,” Prairie View A&M University was founded in 1876 and is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in Texas. With an established reputation for producing engineers, nurses and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees in 50 academic majors, 41 master’s degrees and four doctoral programs through nine colleges and schools. A member of The Texas A&M University System, the university is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research and service. During the university’s 132-year history, more than 51,500 academic degrees have been awarded. For more information regarding PVAMU, visit

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