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Douglas J. Palmer

Douglas J. Palmer has had more than 20 years of higher education leadership experience including his recent appointment as Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Texas A&M University and service as Interim Chief Operating Officer of Texas A&M University at Galveston and Interim Vice President of Texas A&M University from April 2016 to March 2017. He served as dean of Texas A&M University's College of Education and Human Development from 2006 to 2015. Before becoming dean, Palmer was head of the Department of Educational Psychology and Executive Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Development. He has been a member of the Educational Psychology faculty for more than 35 years and was also recently appointed to the faculty in Higher Education Administration. He held the Sydney and J.L. Huffines Chair of Education from 2000 to 2015. During his faculty career, Palmer has directed a number of federal, state, private foundation and international extramural projects with more than $20 million in funding.

Experienced in international education, Palmer has directed collaborative teacher preparation and development projects in Qatar funded by the State of Qatar. These programs were developed by faculty in Texas A&M's College of Education and Human Development with faculty colleagues at The University of Qatar. Palmer served as a member of a Qatar national education advisory board from 2009 to 2016.  He also has supported the development and implementation of numerous university study abroad programs in Mexico, Central America, Europe and Asia and has served on the Advisory Board of the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University.

Most recently, his scholarship has focused on teacher expertise, teacher development and leadership decision-making. Palmer received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and B.A. from California State University. He is married and had two sons.