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Trinity Receives $1.5 Million from Elma Dill Russell Spencer Foundation
Donation will benefit Center for Educational Leadership’s work in the San Antonio region
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Trinity University’s Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) has received $1.5 million from the Elma Dill Russell Spencer Foundation. This gift will allow the University to invest in the future of the San Antonio community by strengthening the Center for Educational Leadership’s mission through more impactful programming. The grant allows Trinity to more tightly couple the aspiration and strategic goals of the Center for Educational Leadership, the Tomorrow’s Leaders leadership preparation program, the Trinity School Design Network, and the Department of Education.

“We are extremely appreciative to the Elma Dill Russell Spencer Foundation for this very generous gift to the Center for Educational Leadership,” says Trinity President Danny Anderson. “This gift ensures that our Department of Education will continue to meet the needs of our local Pre-K-12 students by providing resources to local educators and entrepreneurs while ensuring the University continues its strong mission of community engagement.”

“Trinity’s Department of Education is committed to promoting educational excellence within the greater San Antonio community,” says Angela Breidenstein '91, M'92, Ed.D., department chair. “In recent decades, that commitment has driven meaningful partnerships with our region’s schools to prepare and sustain transformational and innovative school leaders.” 

“This approach will holistically serve the Pre-K-12 education by preparing tomorrow's leaders through our curriculum and by supporting current leaders and innovators who need a trusted partner with whom to share learning, conduct research, and disseminate findings and best practices that are customized for and relevant to our local area,” explains Breidenstein.  

Director of the Trinity Tomorrow’s Leaders Program, Enrique Alemán Jr., Ph.D., says, “Our vision for the Center for Educational Leadership encompasses every aspect of the professional development trajectory for current and future leaders of Pre-K-12 education within San Antonio and the surrounding region. Further, we envision a research component not currently in existence to engage in meaningful research-practice partnerships with CEL members to improve educational outcomes.”

This grant will allow Trinity to continue to develop a comprehensive and coherent leadership development framework that encompasses programming, outreach, support, co-innovation, and partnership with the city and the region's educational leaders across public, charter, and private school organizations and districts, and with community, corporate, nonprofit, and civic entities such as H-E-B, the Walton Family Foundation, the Children’s Bereavement Center, and the Mayor’s Compassion Institute, to name a few.

Carla Sierra is the public relations manager for Trinity University Strategic Communications and Marketing.

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