Bolivar, MO 65613
Education and professional background: Condren received a B.S. in Elementary Education with minors in remedial reading, learning disabilities and mental retardation from Southwest Baptist University; a M.S. in Educational Administration/Elementary Principalship from Southwest Missouri State University; a Specialist degree in Educational Administration/Elementary Principalship from Southwest Missouri State University; and a Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to coming to SBU, Condren was in public K-12 education for over 29 years at Marion C. Early Elementary School in Morrisville, Mo. She taught kindergarten, first grade and fourth grade. She then served as the elementary school principal and federal programs coordinator for 27 years. She also taught adjunct courses for SBU on a regular basis beginning in 2004. Condren joined the SBU faculty full-time in August 2013 and teaches courses mostly in educational administration at the graduate level.
Family: Her husband, Rick, is the IT manager at Southwest Electric Co-Op in Bolivar. They have two sons, Jake and Josh.
Community involvement: Condren is active in her church and is a member of Bolivar Boosters. She serves on the National Association of Elementary School Principals Board as zone 8 director, which covers the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. In addition, she is also on the NCATE Board of Examiners (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education).
Favorite thing to do in Bolivar: Condren loves to simply spend time with family and friends going to Sonic for a drink, hanging out at the park, or taking the boat to the lake to do a little skiing/wakeboarding/surfing.
Advice for prospective students: Do your research. SBU, though not 'large', has quality programs and committed, caring staff. You will be taken care of at Southwest Baptist University as an individual, not a 'number'.
Why did you choose to work for SBU? “SBU is home to me. When I was a little girl going to GA camp at Windermere, my counselors invariably were SBU students (back then it was SWBC) and I looked up to them. There was never a doubt, that's where I was going to college. After graduation and being involved in the K-12 arena, I was approached by a professor at SBU to teach some undergraduate courses for teachers. I loved it! It was a true 'fit' for me. As a result, I pursued my Ed.D. so that upon retirement, I could continue to work with educators at the college level. As an administrator, some of my best educators, were graduates of SBU and I wanted to be a part of a quality program such as Southwest Baptist's.”
What sets SBU apart from other universities? “Southwest Baptist truly cares about and supports their students from day one through graduation. They are committed to providing a Christ-centered, quality education so that young adults can enter their respective fields and serve as ‘modern day disciples’ in a secular world. They encourage servant leadership in our global society.”