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UK Scholar Selected for National Educational Leadership Network

Stacey Love
Stacey Love

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 22, 2022) — Stacey Love, a doctoral scholar in the University of Kentucky College of Education, has been selected to participate in the Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Network. 

Love, who resides in University Heights, Ohio, is pursuing a Ph.D. online in the UK College of Education Department of Educational Leadership Studies

"Stacey has big ideas and a deep passion for diversifying education and bringing more leaders of color into STEM careers. Being part of the Jackson Scholars Network will help her hone those passions into specific research and projects and I'm very excited to see her grow over the next two years. She is well-deserving of this recognition. It will build upon her wealth of experience in education while creating networking opportunities for her doctoral work and career as an aspiring faculty member,” said Justin Bathon, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership Studies and Love’s dissertation committee chair. 

Love is a former higher education administrator who has spent the last two decades building bridges between post-secondary institutions and K-12 education. She currently serves as the chief education officer for The Education Brain Trust, an education consulting company that serves families navigating K-12 education and the college admission process.   

“I am passionate about team-building, community partnership development and college access for historically underrepresented populations,” Love said. 

After completing her doctorate, Love plans to pursue a faculty position within an education leadership program that is committed to systemic student success. She will also continue her work with The Education Brain Trust to help families navigate ongoing changes in education. 

The Ohio native has a bachelor’s degree in Black world studies/sociology and a master’s of education in curriculum and teacher leadership. Her research interests include identifying and resolving barriers that restrict the transition between secondary and post-secondary education and beyond, urban STEM school success and underrepresented student representation and success in STEM majors in both undergraduate and graduate education. 

The Jackson Scholars program, part of the University Council for Education Administration (UCEA), was created to provide a support system for graduate students of color and to help increase the number of students of color poised to serve as faculty at higher education institutions that prepare educational leaders for the nation’s schools and children. 

“The Jackson Scholars Network is an intentional network that will help me to watch, learn and grow from scholars across the nation as I pursue my own scholarly interests,” Love said. “This network, with its unique purpose of increasing the number of underrepresented faculty in educational leadership, provides a tremendous opportunity to connect with accomplished scholars and researchers.” 

In addition to her roles in education, Love is a multi-state licensed insurance broker and founder of The Love (Insurance) Agency.  

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.