Nathaniel Cole, of Juneau, was inducted into the Lincoln Memorial University Educator’s Hall of Fame on Saturday during the University’s annual Homecoming celebration.
Born and raised in Claiborne County, Tenn., Cole graduated from LMU in 1955, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics. He entered the military and completed his service at White Sands Proving Ground in White Sands, N.M. Following his service he taught school in Claiborne and Knox counties in Tennessee. Cole holds a masters degree in mathematics from George Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University and an educational doctorate in education administration from New Mexico State University.
In 1961, Cole began a three-year stint as the head of the mathematics department at Juneau-Douglas High School in Juneau, Alaska. He went on to join the Alaska Department of Education as a state supervisor of science and mathematics. Cole coordinated the state’s federal education programs as acting assistant commissioner of education and director of administrative services.
In 1974, he was selected to serve as the state’s deputy commissioner of education. He retired from that position in 1980 but quickly found work as the assistant superintendent of schools for business in the Juneau school district.
Cole is now retired, but continues to contribute to the field of education as a consultant. For many years, Cole has heavily influenced and supported the field of education in his adopted state of Alaska and represented his alma mater well.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee.