Associate professor educates aspiring school administrators
The Texas transition was a success for longtime educator Lou Lloyd-Zannini.
Lloyd-Zannini and his wife packed up their belongings a year ago and made the journey from Rhode Island after Lloyd-Zannini accepted a job as a University of Houston-Victoria associate professor of education leadership, administration and supervision.
“I was brought aboard to help keep the ball rolling in our educational administration programs,” he said. “My wife and I were excited about moving farther west. I really like the people, the program and the challenge.”
Lloyd-Zannini quickly took on an active role in the UHV School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development. He co-hosted a Master of Education in educational leadership information session at the Walter Neighborhood Library in Houston. UHV offers a Master of Education in administration and supervision with a concentration in educational leadership. The degree prepares graduate students for many careers as principals, human resource directors, department chairs, athletic directors or curriculum specialists.
“The numbers are reflective of the marketplace, and interest is genuine,” Lloyd-Zannini said. “We get a pretty good response as people hear about and see our program.”
Prior to arriving at UHV, Lloyd-Zannini was an associate professor and department chairman at Rhode Island College’s Henry Barnard Laboratory School in Providence. He also spent 15 years molding graduate programs for in-service and pre-service teachers at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.
Lloyd-Zannini earned his doctorate in 2002 from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
The UHV educational leadership, administration and supervision program, which Lloyd-Zannini coordinates, is different from programs at many other universities, he said. While most require students take 36 hours, UHV’s principal certificate program is 30 hours, making it two courses less expensive and faster.
“Because we’re aligned to all national and Texas standards, we have high pass rates,” he said.
Lloyd-Zannini is using his 20 years of graduate teaching experience to look for ways to continue to improve UHV’s program.
“We are doing a number of things to serve aspiring administrators,” he said.
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The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.
J.R. Ortega, special to UHV