Dr. Mary B. Gunter
Center for Leadership and LearningDirector
Educational Leadership Faculty
Dr. Gunter is the Director for the Center for Leadership and Learning at Arkansas Tech University located in Russellville, Arkansas where she holds the rank of Professor for Educational Leadership. Currently, she directs the preparation programs of future school leaders preparing them for the role of the superintendency, principalship, curriculum leader, master teacher and school counselor. She earned her Educational Doctorate from the University of Arkansas with an emphasis in Educational Administration.
Dr. Gunter served Arkansas education as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, middle school principal, educational cooperative teacher center coordinator, educational cooperative director, and an assistant superintendent of schools. She served as the chair of the administrative sub-committee for administrative licensure and was appointed by the Arkansas State Board of Education to the Professional Licensure Advisory Board. She was selected as an Arkansas Public School Hero in 1996. She has been a lead developer and trainer with Learning 24/7 in a Classroom Walk Through Model for Reflective practice for school leaders.
She currently serves as Executive Director of the Arkansas Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (AASCD). She is, also, a member of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (AAEA). She chairs the Arkansas School Leadership Council created by Act 222.
She has been dedicated to the improvement of education through her involvement in state and national initiatives that focus on educational reform. Her current work at the Center for Leadership and Learning is directed toward reforming the preparation of future school leaders who are prepared in a standards-based program to meet the needs of the ultimate beneficiary of our schools, the students.
On the TECH campus, you will find her teaching the Instructional Leadership block
which includes EDLD 6543 Instructional Leadership, EDLD 6402 Working with the Marginal
Performer for the building principal and EDLD 7143 School Accountability for the district
superintendency. Leading the charge for change statewide and nationally, she is well
equipped as she teaches EDLD 6023 Organizational Change and EDLD 7003 Seminar in System
In addition to her role as CLL Director, she serves as Dean of the Graduate College.