SOLES' Class of Remarkable Leaders Continues to Grow with Selection of 2009 Recipients

Five educators from San Diego and Imperial County have been selected to join the distinguished class of the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ (SOLES) Remarkable Leaders program.

SOLES will honor area educators who, through their expertise and service, have enhanced the field of education for students in San Diego and beyond.  The honorees will be acknowledged during the Remarkable Leaders in Education ceremony on Nov. 7, 2009, at Mother Rosalie Hill Hall on campus.

The 2009 recipients are:

• John Dekker Anderson – Anderson has led state, regional, district, county and local educational organizations throughout his 40-year career. Anderson is currently county superintendent of schools for the Imperial County Office of Education. He has been a positive champion for change in the county, and has led a number of collaborative programs to support teaching and learning, as well as to increase college attendance rates in Imperial County. Anderson has held a number of leadership positions, including being current president of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association and the Association of California School Administrators.

• Constance Carroll – Carroll is currently chancellor of the San Diego Community College District. In this role, she leads three comprehensive community colleges and six adult education centers, with enrollment of more than 100,000 students. She led a successful campaign for bond financing to build new campus facilities, and established the district’s Sustainability Initiative. Carroll holds a number of national, state and regional leadership positions, including board member of the American Council on Education, member of the American Association of Community Colleges Joint Commission on Federal Relations, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

• Robert Fellmeth – Fellmeth is a law professor at the University of San Diego School of Law and founder/executive director of the Center for Public Interest Law and its Children’s Advocacy Institute. He is the holder of the Price Chair in Public Interest Law at the School of Law, one of two such chairs in the nation. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, Fellmeth was one of the original "Nader's Raiders," organizing the student groups in 1968 and directing the Nader Congress Project in 1970-72. As a deputy district attorney and assistant U.S. attorney in San Diego from 1973-81, he litigated 22 antitrust actions and founded the nation's first antitrust unit in a district attorney's office. He currently chairs the board of directors of Public Citizen Foundation, is a member of the boards for the National Association of Counsel for Children and First Star, and is counsel to the board of Voices for America's Children.

• Barbara MacNeil – MacNeil, an educator and administrator, served as a strong proponent for quality education for deaf and hard of hearing children for more than 30 years. She received a credential as a teacher for the deaf, and served as a special-education administrator for the San Diego Unified School District. She worked closely with many organizations and schools to ensure students with special needs received a quality education. MacNeil held leadership positions in the Alexander Graham Bell Public School Caucus, California Association for Educators of the Deaf, and the Low Incidence Disability Advisory Committee, among others. McNeil passed away on Jan. 6, 2005.

• Dorothy L.W. Smith – Smith has fought for disadvantaged students throughout her career as a teacher, college professor, and member of the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education. She was the first African-American woman to serve on the school board, a position she held from 1981 to 1988. She has reached many milestones and spearheaded a number of initiatives on behalf of students, including the Common Core Curriculum, which ensures students get exposure to math, English, science and social studies courses. She was also instrumental in drafting a community outreach plan that led to the reconstruction of Lincoln High School, an $80 million facility. Smith has held leadership roles with San Diego City College, San Diego State University, The California Achievement Council, and the National School Boards Association, among others. 

This is the third class to be inducted in the Remarkable Leaders honors program. Photos of the program recipients line the walls of Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, home to SOLES. The Remarkable Leaders in Education program was started to honor local individuals who have made a significant impact on student learning from pre-kindergarten through college. Their impacts and contributions can be felt beyond the borders of San Diego and have had a national, and in some cases international, effect on the field of education. 

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The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the university’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.