Eastern Mennonite University

Fall 2006

EMU Grad Named Educational Leader


The school system in Waynesboro, Va, which is about half-way between Harrisonburg and Charlottesville – or about 40 miles from EMU – has done something unprecedented: It appointed an African- American educator to be assistant superintendent for the first time.

"I’m looking for a partner that will complement me," said Waynesboro city school superintendent Robin Crowder, in a Waynesboro News Leader article. "What I have discovered in my tenure here is that Vermell (Belton) Grant complements everyone."

Grant, who graduated from EMU in May 1973, was appointed after serving for five years as principal of a top-ranked elementary school in Waynesboro. Grant herself was educated in the city’s schools, graduating from its high school in '69.

She holds a masters degree in educational leadership from the University of Virginia. At EMU’s 2005 homecoming, Grant gave the Jesse T. Byler lecture on "Leadership: A Catalyst for Change."

For the fall of 2006 Grant is an adjunct professor at EMU, teaching a class on "meeting the needs of diverse learners."

"Vermell is an outstanding leader who leads by example," said Don Steiner, director of EMU’s education department. "I am very proud that she is one of our alumni."

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