Superintendent Cook Adds Ph.D. to Her Credentials

Randolph Academy congratulates our very own Danielle Cook on receiving a doctoral degree on Dec. 6, from Gannon University! Superintendent Cook has completed the requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy degree, with a focus on Organizational Learning and Leadership.

Dr. Cook’s dissertation – titled, “Challenges and Changes in the Role of Female Superintendents in Small Rural Schools,” is a subject matter which was very important to her.

“I truly enjoyed my doctoral journey,” Superintendent said. “I’ve always had a passion for educational research and continuing education. I dedicated my dissertation to my three children (Trevor, RJ, & Letti), who I hope will live in a world that knows equity, kindness and love, and learn the value of hard work to achieve their own dreams and passions.”

Dr. Cook completed her program in 3.5 years. In doing so, she becomes the first in her family to earn a doctoral degree.

“This is also a celebration for my parents, Bob and Dawn Wilson, and my husband, John,” she added. “I’m grateful to colleagues who supported me along the way, and I could not have achieved this accomplishment without my family’s sacrifices to make this a reality.”

Dr. Cook also becomes Randolph Academy’s first superintendent to hold this credential – a source of great pride for our district.

“On behalf of our board of education, I extend our congratulations to Dr. Cook on this impressive accomplishment,” said Board President Mary Myers. “We are extremely proud of her for completing this challenging journey, all while serving as a wife, mother and superintendent of our two-campus district.” Dr. Cook also holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology from Edinboro University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State-Behrend. She also earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Building Leadership and District Leadership from SUNY Fredonia. She has served as Randolph Academy’s superintendent since July 2021, and her 17-year career in education has included such roles as principal and school psychologist.