The New Dean of the College of Education at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg

Allyson Leggett Watson was appointed dean of the College of Education at the St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida. She will take office on July 1.

Currently, Dr. Watson is assistant dean for the College of Education at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She also holds the Eddings Endowed Chair for Urban Education, Outreach and Research at the university. Prior to joining the faculty at the university, she was a departmental team leader for the Tulsa Public School System.

Dr. Watson is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where she majored in elementary education. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in educational administration, curriculum, and supervision from the University of Oklahoma.

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  1. Dr. Watson’s lifetime commitment to scholars and academic excellence will be an asset to the University OF South Florida educational community.

  2. I am so very proud of this young lady! She was one of my many top students who have gone out and changed the world of education for our precious children!

    Let’s Go Wildcats!

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