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Lisa DeFrank-Cole, EdD

Director and Professor, Leadership Studies

  • B.S., Landscape Architecture, West Virginia University (1994)
  • M.A., Higher Education Administration, West Virginia University (1996)
  • Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, Dissertation: An Exploration of the Differences in Female and Male Self-Perceptions of Presidential Leadership Styles at Colleges and Universities in West Virginia, University of Pittsburgh (2003)

Director of WVU’s Leadership Studies Program, Dr. Lisa DeFrank-Cole began teaching Principles of Leadership in 2007 while working in the Honors College as the director of the ASPIRE Office. She previously worked as the executive director for the West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship program; served as an assistant for policy and research under West Virginia Governor Bob Wise; and worked at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She founded and directed the WVU Honors Leadership Academy and the International Leadership Academy in the Kingdom of Bahrain. In Summer 2012, DeFrank-Cole was awarded a Fulbright Grant to teach Principles of Leadership to female students at the Royal University for Women in Bahrain. Her research interests include the topics of women and leadership. She teaches Leadership 201: Principles of Leadership, LDR 335: Women and Leadership, and LDR 401: Leadership in Action at WVU.