Kerry Palmer, COE doctoral grad, named Education dean at Troy University

October 26, 2020

Kerry PalmerKerry Palmer, Ph.D., who earned his doctorate at Auburn in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology, has been named the new dean of the College of Education at Troy University.

“The most important thing we do at Troy University is serve our students. The second most important thing we do is hire good people,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. “Dr. Palmer brings expertise and experience, as well as a proven track record of leadership that makes him well suited for his new position.”

Dr. Palmer served in leadership roles at Montgomery’s Trinity Presbyterian School for more than 10 years, including nearly six years as Head of School. Prior to joining  Trinity in 2008, Dr. Palmer taught band and served as a K-12 school administrator for thirteen years. Most recently he has served Troy as the college’s associate dean.

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve the students in the College of Education each day,” Dr. Palmer said. “Our professors, administrators, and support staff work as a team to deliver outstanding educational services despite the unique challenges we have faced this year.”

Dr. Palmer earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Troy in 1995. As a student, he was active the University’s band program, serving four years as a section leader in the Symphony Band and three years as drum major of the Sound of the South marching band. His loyalty to Troy is unquestioned, but he holds fond feelings for Auburn as well.

“Upon enrolling at Auburn University, I quickly found that the ‘Auburn Family’ is more than just an abstract concept or a catch phrase,” Palmer said. “Professors in the College of Education, including the Adult Education program in which I was enrolled, immediately embraced me and made me feel at home.  I even had a former Trinity student take me to a Camp War Eagle pep rally!  As a result, I thoroughly enjoyed my time on campus, and I now have a loyalty to Auburn that will last a lifetime.”

“My College of Education professors did what great teachers do – they pushed me academically beyond what I thought was possible.  From start to finish, I was encouraged and challenged, and I left the program prepared enter the ranks of higher education leadership with confidence.”

“I am forever indebted to the Auburn University College of Education for helping me return to my undergraduate alma mater to assume my leadership roles there. I truly do believe in Auburn and love it!”

Congratulations Dr. Palmer, and War Eagle!