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October 29, 2009


Fresno State professor among Marjaree Mason Top Ten honorees

Dr. Sharon Brown-Welty, professor of education at California State University, Fresno, is among the Top Ten Professional Women of 2009 selected by the Marjaree Mason Center in Fresno.

Brown-Welty is a professor of education and the current director of Fresno Stateís Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and chair of the Educational Research and Administration department in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development.

She teaches courses in both the masterís and doctoral programs. Her research interests include evaluation and, specifically, utilization of evaluation results. She teaches classes in education leadership, organizational theories, conflict resolution, strategic planning, policy development and change theory.

Brown-Welty also is the director of the Center for Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Dissemination. She is on the board of directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates and has served as that group's president for the past six years.

She is an active member of the Central Valley Educational Research Consortium, serves on the Alternative Governance Board of the Hanford Elementary School District and has worked as a coach for P-12 schools as part of Springboard.

For 26 years, the Marjaree Mason Center has paid tribute to women who have served as role models and who have given back to their communities, all while making strides in their professions.

The center provides support services to victims of domestic violence, including shelter, legal assistance, counseling and crisis support.