FHU Professor Speaks at PTA Conference

JANUARY 31, 2013

Dr. Jeffry Cozzens, director of Educational Leadership at Freed-Hardeman University, spoke at the Tennessee PTA Delta Regional Conference and Workshop in Memphis Jan. 26. His presentation, entitled “Engaging the Principal: Parent Involvement in Education,” was in accordance with the overall theme, “Unity in the Community: We Are One.”


Cozzens’ presentation highlighted the importance of family involvement in education. He said, “The most promising opportunity for student achievement occurs when families, schools, and community organizations work together.” To bridge the gap between principal and parents, Cozzens recommended building relations and support for all children, as well as building trust through actions.

Cozzens was invited to present at the conference by Charla Sparks, president of the Tennessee PTA. The event was conducted at the Central Office of the Shelby County Unified School District.

Cozzens has spent more than thirty years in public education, working as a band director, assistant principal, principal, and central office administrator. In addition to his position as a director at FHU, Cozzens teaches education classes at the graduate level.