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Dr. Golden has more than 44 years of experience as an educational leader in Oregon.

She is currently the first Professor of Practice at the College of Education at UO.  In this role, she aligns her years of experience in the field with world class researchers to impact Oregon ‘s graduation rate.  She was Oregon’s Chief Education Officer until September 1, 2015. She began her career as a special education teacher in 1974.  She formerly served as the superintendent for Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, Oregon from 2003-2013. In 2011, she served as Educational Policy Advisor to the Governor and was selected as Oregon’s Superintendent of the Year. 

A former director for the University of Oregon’s Administrative Licensure Program, she is an expert in learning organizations, group process, facilitation skills, school supervision, and curriculum delivery and design.  Nancy obtained her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon in 1987. 

Nancy is highly regarded for promoting equity in schools. She was one of two winners of the 2012 Tom Ruhl Leadership for Equity Award by the Oregon Leadership Network; in 2009. She received the Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect’s Human Rights Leadership Award.