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2021 40 Under 40: Natalie Precise

Interim Dean of the School of Education and Child Development, Drury University

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When Drury University had an opening for the dean of its School of Education and Child Development, administrators called on Natalie Precise to fill it in the interim. She started the year in that capacity, after working as an associate professor of education since 2013.

Leadership positions at Drury are nothing new for Precise, 39. She’s served as chair of its Institutional Review Board, co-coordinator of the Your Drury Fusion curriculum and a co-chair over faculty governance. As coordinator of the school’s special reading master’s program, her leadership led to enrollment doubling.

And awards have followed: She received the 2019-20 Faculty Award for Teaching and the 2018 Student Organization Advisor of the Year.

Precise considers her work a high calling: “My professional life is dedicated to influencing future teachers to be the best they can be for their future students.”

Best productivity hack? Coffee and lists.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? The one thing you can control is your attitude – so make it a good one.

Theme song? “Whatever it Takes,” by Imagine Dragons. Also, if I need to get motivated, I love to jam to The Black Moods with lead singer, Josh Kennedy, my cousin.

Most treasured possession? Scrapbooks and albums of old family photos.

Favorite hobby or pastime? Traveling with family and friends. We drive to Dauphin Island, Alabama, at least once a year.


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