Mississippi College

Dr. Don W. Locke

Dr. Don W. Locke received the Bachelor of Science in History with minors in English, Education, and Speech and also the Master of Education in Counseling from Mississippi College.  He received the Doctorate of Education in Higher Education from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Locke taught and coached at the junior high level and also served as a high school counselor and coach. Dr. Locke has been in higher education (Mississippi College, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Mississippi State University) for forty years serving as professor, program coordinator, department chair, assistant and associate dean, and dean. Since 1998, he has been Dean of the School of Education at Mississippi College.

Dr. Locke is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and has held licenses as a marriage and family therapist in Louisiana and Texas. He is past president of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC), the Student Personnel Association for Teacher Education (SPATE),  the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), and the Mississippi Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (MACTE).   He has served as a member and vice-chair of the Council for the Accreditation of Counselor Education and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and on the Governing Council of the American Counseling Association (ACA). He has also been a member of the Board of Examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Dr. Locke is a past-president of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and served as ACA's 60th president from 2011-2012.  Dr. Locke has been active in his community and church. He has served as a member of the Board of the Southern Oaks Homeowner’s Association in Clinton, Mississippi, and has served his church as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir member, and chair of long range planning.

Dr. Locke is married to Judy Kirkpatrick Locke, a former second grade teacher and college instructor, and has two adult children (Mark and Laura) and two grandchildren (Grace and Meredith).

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