Betty M. Merchant
Betty M. Merchant served as the first chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio and as dean of the College of Education and Human Development. She holds the Henrietta Frances Zezula Lowak Endowed Distinguished Professorship. Merchant was previously a tenured associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She has taught all grade levels in multi-cultural settings across the U.S. and on Native American reservations. She received her PhD in administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.