African American Alumni Society
Award of Excellence
Linda received two degrees from Wright State University: her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1973 from the College of Science and Mathematics, and Masters of Education degree in Counseling & Guidance School Psychology in 1976 from the College of Education & Human Services. In addition to her degrees from Wright State, she earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton.
Linda has an outstanding career in the Dayton region in the field of education serving as a School Psychologist and Principal. Some of her awards have included the “Hall of Fame Award” as Principal of Kitty Hawk Elementary School, “Holmes Scholar Recipient” for the University of Dayton, and the “African American Cultural Festival Award of Excellence”. She was one of the founding students of Wright State’s Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center and a former Interim Director of the Center. A committed & dedicated member of the Wright State University family, Linda has volunteered tirelessly to assist African American students on and off campus. She was instrumental in developing and implementing The Bolinga Student Leadership Program. Additionally, Linda worked to ensure that the 30th Anniversary Celebration of The Bolinga Center was a historical and memorable event. She was one of the founding members of the African American Alumni Society and served as Vice President of the Society for several years.Linda and her family has established The Gillispie Family Scholarship Fund for students in the Raj Soin College of Business as well.
As a retired Principal, Linda continues to serve the educational community. She has served as the President of the Board of WOW (World of Wonder School), a Holmes Scholar at U.D., and today serves as an Educational Consultant for Dayton Public Schools.
Linda is married to William Gillispie, also a graduate of Wright State University and are Lifetime Alumni Association Members. They have two adult children.