The School of Educational Leadership faculty represents a diverse group of practitioner scholars who each possess extensive experience in P-12 education and represent a broad range of subject matter expertise. Our faculty have dedicated themselves to developing P-12 educators as world changers, excelling in the areas of the character, scholarship, and leadership through a biblical worldview of teaching and learning. Most importantly, our faculty are committed to meeting your needs as an adult learner through a theory-to-practice approach to graduate education.

School of Educational Leadership

Ella Bush; MS, PhD ella.bush@agsfaculty.indwes.edu


Ella Bush was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, and reared by her grandparents, who, though they had no formal education, were determined that she would be a college graduate. From her initial entry into elementary school, the goal was set. Fourteen years later, she graduated with a degree in secondary education and moved to Gary, Indiana. Serving as a teacher of English and social studies for several years in Gary, Ella felt called to expand her service and pursued certification in educational administration, resulting in her becoming a high school principal and later the executive director of secondary education for the Gary Schools. Her love for education led her to several community service initiatives where she teaches communication and life skills. A member of First Baptist Church, Ella leads an outreach ministry (Images of Hope) and serves as a member of the C.B. Johnson Missionary Society.

Educational Background:

  • B.S., 1959, Tuskegee University
  • M.S., 1970, Indiana University
  • Administrative Certification, Purdue University
  • Ph.D., 1996, Indiana State University


  • Teacher Observation and Evaluation
  • Recruitment and Retention of Minority Faculty in Predominately Non-Minority Universities
  • Motivating Low-Performing Achievers