In Memoriam: Mark R Shibles Jr.

Mark R. Shibles JrMark R. Shibles Jr., former member of the AACTE Board of Directors and former dean and professor emeritus for the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, passed away on Tuesday, August 24 at the age of 83. 

With an unwavering commitment to education, Dr. Shibles’ career began as a high school history teacher, followed by 30 years of service as a faculty member and former dean of the Neag School of Education.  During his tenure, he taught graduate level courses in educational leadership and served as advisor for over 130 Ph.D. students. 

In addition to being a longstanding AACTE member, Dr. Shibles served on the AACTE Board of Directors, was president of the National Association of Colleges and Schools of Education in State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and Affiliated Private Universities, and was the founder and director of the University of Connecticut Center for Education Policy Analysis.

His colleagues remember him fondly, saying “Dr. Shibles exemplified the kind-hearted leadership we hope to instill in our students.”

Those who wish to honor Dr. Shibles can make a gift in memory of him online at to support the Mark R. Shibles Distinguished Visiting Professorship.

Dr. Shibles will be remembered as a dedicated champion of education, and we are grateful for his commitment and lasting legacy to our community. 


Meghan Grenda

Director of Membership, AACTE