Dr. Scott Ridley has served as the Dean of the College of Education at Texas Tech University since the summer of 2011. Since that time the College has engaged in significant reform including the evolution of all academic programs to a competency-based orientation. The reformed teacher education program, Tech Teach, has won acclaim from school districts, national and international accrediting bodies. With its school reform and community revitalization work in the East Lubbock, the College houses one of only 12 Promise Neighborhood Grant Programs in the United States. Before his appointment as Dean at Texas Tech University (TTU), Ridley served as the Associate Dean in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University (ASU). Ridley spent 21 years at ASU as a professor, program director, author and principal investigator of more than $ 110 million in federal grants supporting district-based teacher and principal preparation programs and comprehensive school reform initiatives in urban and rural partner districts across the state of Arizona. Ridley considers himself a reform leader in education and he continues to seek collaborative school-university-community college-business ventures that advance education and achievement to higher levels of excellence. Ridley was raised on a farm/ranch in the panhandle of Texas.