Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Scholars
SOUTHERN REGIONAL EDUCATION BOARD
Doctoral Scholars Program
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) works with states to improve public education at every level, from early childhood through doctoral education by:
- helping policymakers make informed decisions by providing independent, accurate data and recommendations;
- helping educators strengthen student learning with professional development, proven practices and curricula; and
- help policymakers, institutions and educators share scarce resources to accomplish more together than they could alone.
SREB is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Atlanta serving 16 states; Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Their work is funded by member appropriations, as well as by contracts and grants from foundations and from local, state and federal agencies. The nation’s first regional interstate compact for education, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislators who recognized the link between education and economic vitality. The Doctoral Scholars Program provides multiple layers of support to students — not only in financial assistance and research funding, but also career counseling, job postings and a scholar directory for networking and recruiting. Mentoring and advocacy for scholars is crucial, and support continues into early careers as graduates become faculty members.
GLORY OKWORI, a doctoral student in the College of Public Health, Health Management and Policy, is enrolled in the SREB Doctoral Scholars Program and a current scholar at ETSU. Glory obtained a Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Public Health degree from University of South Florida. Her experiences in diverse healthcare settings and education have provided her with the relevant skills required for quality improvement. Notable skills include research, operations, financial planning, grant and project management and program monitoring and evaluation. She has applied research and evaluation skills to health system capacities and policies for underserved populations. Prior work experience has allowed her access to in-depth knowledge of data analysis allowing her to excel in the areas of staff training, development, evaluation, and coordination achieving the goal of improved patient prognosis.
Glory’s long-term goal is to address research issues in health-systems management
and women’s health. She possesses a strong desire to assist students from diverse
socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds drawing from her own experiences in mentoring
and teaching. In addition, other interests are assisting students who possess behavioral
disorders and learning disabilities. She feels that her innate desire to help students
become successful can be fulfilled by adapting teaching methods and skills to better
meet their needs.