Ginger Zierdt has been the Director for the Center for School-University Partnerships since 2004. In 2009 she was appointed Project Lead/Principal Investigator for the Bush Foundation Educational Achievement Initiative grant awarded to Minnesota State Mankato, and is currently an Associate Professor of Education Leadership at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Zierdt’s research interests include early childhood leadership and administration as well as professional development for leaders of early childhood programs. Prior to directing the Center, Zierdt taught undergraduate coursework in early childhood and literacy for three years in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood at Minnesota State Mankato. Zierdt taught second grade and kindergarten for the Mankato Area Public Schools between 1990-2000. She is currently the Past-Chair of the Greater Mankato Area United Way’s Success-by-Six Community Impact Division. Zierdt received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in Broad Area Elementary Education and Early Childhood, her M.S. and Ed.S. from Minnesota State University, Mankato in Education Leadership and Administration, and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. Zierdt currently holds Minnesota licensures in Pre-K, K, 1-6, and K-12 Principal.