Shippensburg University awarded Jolinda Wilson her Doctorate in Educational Leadership on, Feb. 23, 2018. This is the first doctorate awarded by Shippensburg University.

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is offered in a partnership with Millersville University and focuses on poverty and digital learning. It addresses the growing need for school administrators, such as principals and district superintendents, who have the skills to lead their schools in a continually evolving educational environment.

Wilson successfully defended her dissertation titled, “An Analysis of the Impact of the Local Effort Capacity Index on Fiscal Equity Principles in the Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Formula.” It focused on the 2016 adoption of the Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding formula and how that changed the way school districts receive money from the state for general subsidy purposes.

Earning her BSBA from Ship and her MBA from Mount St. Mary’s University, Wilson is the chief financial and support services officer at Greencastle-Antrim School District.

This moment joins a long list of firsts in Ship’s history of academic excellence. Founded in 1871 as a teacher’s school, Ship’s first graduating class was granted two-year teaching certificates in 1874. In 1927, one woman and six men became the first four-year degree holders from Shippensburg University. Then in 1962 four students graduated with Ship’s first master’s degrees in secondary education.