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Spotlight on Olga M. Welch

EdD, Educational Administration and Supervision

Class of 1977

Dean Olga Welch speaks on teaching responsible citizenry in a 90.5 WESA Life of Learning Forum

Olga M. Welch is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Howard University and EdD graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. After time as a Professor in the College of Education at UT, Dr. Welch accepted a position at Duquesne University where she went on to spend over a decade as Dean in the Duquesne University School of Education.

In an article co-authored with University of Tennessee Vice-Provost Emerita Carolyn Hodges, Welch remarks on the importance of balance in leadership: “Learning how to lead is also about learning how to balance the need for action with deliberative and deliberate approaches.”

“The real challenge for a new leader is to learn your context and not assume what worked in another context will work in a new one.”

Olga Welch, Dean Emeritus, Duquesne University

Author several publications, chapters, and books, most recently in 2011 the released of Turnaround Leadership: Deans of Color as Change Agents that focuses attention on deans as agents of change by presenting case studies of six deans of color. This volume’s emphasis on how particular leaders thought about and implemented change initiatives reflects Dr. Welch’s commitment to engaging in critical problem-solving as leaders. 

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