Educational Leadership Program Faculty
Dr. Rhonda Brunner
Office: Shippen 129
Phone: (717) 477-1168
Director of the EdD Program, Associate Professor
About Dr. Brunner:
Dr. Brunner brings administrative experience from her work in rural, suburban, and urban districts. Dr. Brunner most recently held the title of Assistant Executive Director of the Capital Area Intermediate Unit and previously served as the Superintendent of Schools in the West Perry School District. Dr. Brunner earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education and her Master’s degree in Reading from Shippensburg University. She received her Principal’s certification, Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Wendy Kubasko
Office: Shippen 131
Phone: (717) 477-1765
Program Chair, Assistant Professor
About Dr. Kubasko:
Dr. Wendy Kubasko brings over twenty years of experience in public education. She earned her undergraduate degree from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Beginning her career outside of Washington, D.C., Dr. Kubasko chose to work with underserved populations. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona teaching middle and elementary schools in Title I school districts. She earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics at Arizona State University. After years in the classroom, Dr. Kubasko moved into district support roles, first as a professional development coordinator, then as a Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Administrator for Academic Services, and finally, the Assistant Superintendent for Avondale Elementary School District. In 2015, Dr. Kubasko received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Dr. Kubasko has been awarded the Excellence in Leadership for Literacy Award by the Arizona Dyslexia Chapter and a scholarship from Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Dr. Kubasko’s research centers on the use of collaborative learning for school and district leaders around common problems of practice. Dr. Kubasko loves to read, cook, and spend time with her husband and two sons.
Dr. Alan Vandrew
Office: SPH 101
Phone: (717) 477-7447
About Dr. Vandrew
Dr. Vandrew comes to Shippensburg University with extensive experience as a public school administrator. His most recent position was Assistant Superintendent/Chief Fiscal Officer where he worked as part of a collaborative leadership team providing administrative support to a growing school district in central PA. Dr. Vandrew earned his undergraduate degree from Shippensburg University, Master’s degree in Public Administration from Penn State University and Doctor of Education degree in Administration and Leadership Studies from Indiana University of PA. In 2016 he was the recipient of the prestigious Gary E. Reeser Memorial Award from the PA Association of School Business Officials as the outstanding school business official of the year. Dr. Vandrew has consulted on school budgeting and finance, human resources, program evaluation and organizational structure in public schools. His research interests include school finance, organizational development and alignment, human resources, school governance and the impact of learning environment on student performance.