Dr. Brett Stone has been named chair of the University of the Ozarks' Division of Education beginning the Fall 2015 Semester, university officials announced this week.
Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education Dr. Brett Stone has been named the chair of the Division of Education, beginning the Fall 2015 Semester.
Stone, who has taught at Ozarks since 2008, is an associate professor of health and physical education. He will replace current chair Janie Chappell, who is retiring this summer.
"I am so pleased that Brett has agreed to serve as the division chair," said U of O Provost Dr. Travis Feezell. "He is widely recognized across campus as a terrific teacher and has led a number of initiatives that have enhanced our institution. He is a natural fit for this leadership position."
Stone earned a bachelor’s degree from Lyon College, a master’s degree from University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. from Walden University.
"It’s a privilege to be named chair of the Division of Education," Stone said. "The division has a rich academic history, known for producing high-quality, pre-professional programming. Our graduates are considered among leaders in educational settings as exceptional, well-prepared, and capable of making large contributions to the field. I consider it an honor to be serving in this capacity. I look forward to the opportunity to continue the great works of my predecessors, and to working each day with such ambitious and caring faculty."
Stone has been recognized regionally for his work in physical education and wellness among school-age children, as evidenced by his dissertation, which was titled "Physical Activity and Change in Finessgram Scores in Arkansas 4th Grade Children." He was named by the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Fitness and Baptist Health as the recipient of the 2012 Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations whose efforts positively impact the health and fitness of Arkansans, and in 2011 he was named the Higher Education Educator of the Year by the Arkansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreations and Dance (ArkAHPERD).
He is the vice chair of the Arkansas Child Health Advisory Committee, which was created in 2003 by Legislative Act 1220 to address childhood obesity and develop statewide nutrition and physical activity standards. He has also helped develop curriculum and policy governing childhood health and he helped co-author a school based intervention for reduction of childhood obesity.
Stone and his wife, Tanja, have four children, Sydney, Matthew, Hannah and Sofie.