"Dr. Estes has the skill and drive to lead the HDCOE to greater excellence and recognition than ever before," said Dr. Debbie Murray, vice president of Lee's Academic Affairs. "I am excited about the future of our teacher education programs."
Estes joined Lee in 1998 as an assistant professor of education and has served as chair of the Department of Health, Exercise Science & Secondary Education since 2004.
Prior to coming to Lee, Estes served as a principal, an assistant principal and a classroom teacher for more than nine years in Little Rock, Ark., and Chapel Hill, N.C. While at the University of North Carolina, Estes worked as a Paideia Seminar Trainer, a teaching assistant, a research assistant and a Carolina Teaching Fellows program assistant.
Locally, Estes is a member of the Cleveland City Council and serves on the boards of United Way of Bradley County, Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland and the Museum Center at Five Points. Estes is a committee member of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway Advisory Board and served on the State Task Force for Minority Teacher Recruitment and Retention during the administration of former Gov. Phil Bredesen.
In his new position, Estes replaces Murray.
“I am so fortunate to have spent the last 15 years of my professional life working with incredibly talented people,” Estes said. “I’m excited about this new opportunity, and I’m excited about where both Lee University and the DeVos College of Education are heading in the near future.”
For more information about the Helen DeVos College of Education, contact 423-614-8175.