109 Fox Spring Drive
Warner Robins, GA 31088
United States

Luann L. Purcell, Ed.D. currently is president of Luann Purcell, LLC where she consults and is a strategic analyst for educational and associational organizations. Her tag sums up her current professional philosophy: Learning, Leading, and Progressing! She recently retired as the Executive Director of the international Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc (CASE), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). In her position as the Chief Executive Officer of an international professional organization of school administrators whose primary responsibility is in leadership of special education programs for children, her major job responsibilities included: consulting and advising administrators on best practices for leadership and development of quality programs for students with disabilities; assisting members in developing networking systems through state, provincial, and country units in order to provide better services to members; advocating at the governmental level to assure appropriate legislation to facilitate the development and maintenance of quality programs for students with disabilities; and providing Keynote/breakout sessions and presentations at state, provincial, and regional conferences on leadership, legislative/policy updates, attitude adjustment, the passion in compassion, and other current education issues. From 2002-2020, she keynoted and led sessions in over 48 states and 4 foreign countries on various educational issues and the development of proactive leadership skills in times of change. She is one of the authors of Leading by Convening: A Blueprint for Authentic Engagement and worked extensively with state and provincial CASE units to implement this model of sustainable change by authentically engaging cross stakeholders. Dr. Purcell has had a variety of experiences throughout her 48 years in education including experience as a general education teacher at both high school and middle school level, teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, coordinator at a regional educational service center, and assistant superintendent for pupil services for 18 years in a local district with 27,000 students. Luann has been very active in CEC from the chapter level through the international level and believes strongly in the local chapter as a way to promote teacher retention and quality! Since 1990, Dr. Purcell has served the education community in adjunct instructor positions for various higher education institutions including Georgia College and University, Fort Valley State University, Troy State University, and currently Piedmont College.  Dr. Purcell was appointed in 2006 by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to the Early Care and Learning State Board which she chaired and has served on through re-appointments by Governors Deal and Kemp to present day. She has been involved over the years in many community service activities and is very involved in her church, currently teaching an adult couples Sunday School class as well as being director of missions at the church and associational level.  Dr. Purcell received her bachelor’s degree in History and English at Georgia Southern University, her Masters’ and Specialists Degrees in Special Education as well as her doctorate in Educational Administration from University of Georgia.  In her real life, she has been married to Douglas Purcell, a retired educator, for 50 years and they have two brilliant sons, two amazing daughter-in-laws, and most importantly, 8 of the MOST GRAND grandchildren ever born, ages 21 yrs to 3 yrs old.