- Ed. D. in educational administration, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- M.A.T. in biology, University of Virginia
- B.S. in biology, Longwood University
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- Honored by Senate Joint Resolution No. 421, a joint resolution approved by the state’s General Assembly commending Cowlbeck for her years of service to the students of Virginia
- Twice named the Virginia Superintendent of the Year for Region III, receiving the honor in both 2004 and 2006
- Serving as chair for the Ed.D. capstone research study, titled, “Teacher Evaluation: The Connection Between Teacher Knowledge and Perception of the Standard 7 SMART Goal Process and
- Contributed to Autumn Tooms Cypres’ book, “Ferocious Resolve: Politics, Courage, and What It’s Like to Be a Professor”
A faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership, Dr. Brenda F. Cowlbeck organizes and presents recruitment sessions for its graduate programs in various areas of the state, including the Richmond metropolitan area, the Northern Neck and Northern Virginia. In addition to teaching several courses in the department’s graduate programs, Cowlbeck also coordinates master’s and post-master’s internships and serves as the adviser for candidates in those same programs.
Prior to joining VCU, Cowlbeck served as superintendent of King William County Public Schools. Her earlier administrative positions included serving as Bedford County’s director of middle and secondary instruction, coordinator of special education, and leading the county’s gifted and talented program and its guidance programs. She also served as principal for both Liberty High School and Bedford Middle School. All told, Cowlbeck has spent more than 37 years in public education in Virginia.