Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Myrna Gantner is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, having returned recently to full-time faculty status after serving eight years in the office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of West Georgia. Six of those eight years was as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, six months as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and 18 months as Associate Provost.
As Associate Provost, she served on the President’s Cabinet and assumed the Provost’s role in his absence, which included a period as Interim Provost in the latter half of 2016. As Associate Provost or AVP-AA, she led or co-led numerous campus initiatives related to student success and operational success. She provided oversight to the Office of Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness, worked with the Academic Affairs budget, led or co-led the implementation of software solutions such as the academic advising platform and Academic Affairs operations such as the academic calendar that involved collaborative partners across all divisions of the institution (i.e., Student Affairs, Business and Finance, University Advancement, and Information Technology and Services). She often assumed leadership of projects that required gaining cooperation and buy-in from highly capable, but frustrated and weary partners.
Today Dr. Gantner has returned to full-time faculty status and is once again teaching K-12 educators in the educational leadership programs, to include the doctoral program in school improvement. Her professional experiences and expertise add credence to her work with the preparation of emerging leaders. Although not all inclusive, those experiences include: faculty ranked administrator (i.e., Associate Provost, Interim Provost/VPAA, AVP-AA, Interim Department Chair, Director of P16 and School Collaboration), program evaluator, evaluation consultant, Alternative Dispute and Resolution Faculty Liaison, reviewer of National Science Foundation proposals, professional development provider to K-12 school systems, K-12 principal, high school teacher (chemistry and honors biology), and middle school teacher where she worked successfully with low income, minority students who spoke English as a second language in what was then the poorest zip code in the United States. Further, her status as a registered medical technologist, MT (ASCP), has supported her work in mathematics and science education, and the evaluation of teaching and learning systems in PK-12 and higher education environments.
Dr. Gantner holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at El Paso. Prior to her appointment at the University of West Georgia, she worked as an evaluation researcher with the El Paso Technology Innovation Challenge Grants at the University of Texas at El Paso, studying the impact of a master’s program in instructional technology on teacher practices and student learning.
Education / Degrees
- B.S., Biology, University of Texas at El Paso, 1973
- M.Ed., Educational Administration, University of Texas at El Paso, 1996
- Ed.D., Leadership and Administration, University of Texas at El Paso, 2000