Dr. Candice McQueen was sworn in as Tennessee’s commissioner of education on January 17, 2015. Previously, she served as senior vice president and dean of the college of education at Lipscomb University. McQueen began her career as a classroom teacher, teaching in both public and private elementary and middle schools. She also served as a higher education faculty member and department chair before being named dean in 2008.
While at Lipscomb, McQueen served as a member of the university's executive leadership team and oversaw both her college and the 1,300 pre-K-12th grade students in three schools at Lipscomb Academy. Under her leadership, Lipscomb's college of education and teacher preparation program were consistently highlighted as one of the top teacher training programs in the state of Tennessee for quality and effectiveness based on the Tennessee Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs and was most recently pointed out as the second highest ranking program in the nation by the National Council on Teacher Quality. McQueen also founded the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation at Lipscomb. The institute has a focus on improving professional learning for teachers by focusing on embedded professional development, coaching and new approaches to leadership training and support.
Prior to joining Lipscomb University, Dr. McQueen was awarded multiple awards for both her teaching and the curriculum design of a new magnet school. Dr. McQueen has a bachelor's degree from Lipscomb, a master's degree from Vanderbilt, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Tennessee and the Board of the Tennessee Board of Regents.