Jan. 7, 2014—The Ricks Center for Gifted Children at the University of Denver recently instated Dr. Diana Howard as interim Director—an exciting appointment that moves the nationally recognized school strategically forward through the culmination of this academic year.
Ricks offers a model demonstration site for graduate students as well as evidence-based gifted education for 250 students ranging from pre-school to the eighth grade. The school seeks to provide a learning environment that fosters the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of gifted children throughout the Denver community.
Dr. Howard earned a Ph.D. in Gifted Education and Administration from the University of Denver in 1994. She studied as a Fulbright scholar in Ghana and has served as a librarian and facilitator for advanced learners in both private and public schools throughout Denver over a 24-year career. In 2004, Howard was given the Colorado Principal Centers' Wright Way Award for Educational Leadership and she was honored with the Gully Stanford Award for Arts Leadership in 2011.
The Ricks Center anticipates that Dr. Howard's commitment to gifted education in Denver will provide a strategic vision for their future, and ensure that Ricks maintains its status as a preeminent school, locally and nationally.
The University of Denver intends to launch a national search for a permanent Ricks Center Director in January 2014, with the goal of having the director in place by June 1, 2014. The search committee will be made up of Ricks Center faculty and staff as well as Morgridge College of Education representatives.