Lee Bash, PhD

Dean, Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education

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Lee Bash, PhD, Dean of the Gleazer School of Education (GSOE) at Graceland University, brings a broad and diverse background in education to this position. He has taught in virtually every imaginable setting within the spectrum of education – from an inner-city middle school and vocational school to a private boy’s high school; from an affluent high school to private and public urban elementary schools.

Dr. Bash has written five books on jazz education and three books on adult education and learning. He continues to co-present workshops and research on higher education trends and best practices in the twenty-first century with his wife, Katie, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at Graceland.

His administrative background is equally extensive. For eight years, he served as the director of the Kentucky Governors School for the Arts while also chairing the music department at a university in the Louisville, Kentucky area. He has also served as a dean and vice president for adult degree completion programs in Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Virginia and Iowa. For eight years, he has served as a commissioner with the American Council for Education, and his work with accreditation for the Higher Learning Commission is diverse and exhaustive. He has served as the dean for GSOE since 2015.

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