Read commencement speech by Dr. Quast
Lesley Quast, Professor of Education Emerita at Furman University, served as speaker when Furman held its summer commencement exercises earlier this month in Daniel Recital Hall.
The university awarded 66 undergraduate and graduate degrees during commencement. Furman president Elizabeth Davis presided over the ceremony.
Quast, who joined Furman in 1976, retired from the faculty at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year. In addition to serving as an Assistant Academic Dean at the university, she was chair of the Education Department and Director of Teacher Education. She also served as the Director of Partnerships and Special Projects as well as National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Coordinator.
A graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Quast received her master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Ed. D. from the University of Alabama. She also spent one summer at the University of Salzburg studying German, and one year doing doctoral internships at the University of Virginia.
Quast has held international and state leadership positions in the Council for Exceptional Children. She was a charter executive committee member of the South Carolina Network for Educational renewal and served as the liaison between South Carolina and the National Network for Educational Renewal from 1991-2006.
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