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Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research - Mike Putnam

Dr. Mike Putnam

Dr. Mike Putnam

Associate Professor

Office:  Gary A. Ransdell Hall - Room 3083
Phone:  (270) 745-4271


The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS; PhD

The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS; MEd

Delta State University, Cleveland, MS; BSE


Dr. Michael Putnam, an Associate Professor of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research at Western Kentucky University, currently teaches PK-12 administration courses. He spent sixteen years as a PK-12 school administrator and twelve years as a secondary English teacher in the state of Mississippi prior to obtaining his PhD in Educational Administration. During his secondary career, he won national, regional, and local awards for his service to the education community. A recent graduate assistant at The University of Mississippi Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, he was responsible for the clinical supervision of all administrator interns, a member of the entrance selection committee for all educational administration candidates, and participated in all Masters and Specialists level Oral Exams. During his course of studies, he was an educational consultant for the North Mississippi Education Consortium housed on the Ole Miss campus and provided educational assistance to the differing needs of school districts.


Western Kentucky University

  • EDAD 585 - Fundamentals of School Administration
  • EDAD 682 – School-Community Relations
  • EDAD 588 – Allocations of Resources (spring, 2012)

The University of Mississippi

  • Administrator Internship supervisor
  • Selection committee member for Administrator Cohorts and Principal Corps
  • Oral Comprehensive Exam committee member: Masters and Specialists programs
  • Consultant, North Mississippi Education Consortium

Research Interests:

School finance, school principal as CEO



Mark Trail Award

Community Hero Award


Unsung Hero Award


Administrator of the Year

Other Interests:

Swimming, reading, gardening (vegetable)

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