Beverly J. Irby, PhD, is a professor and chair of educational administration in the Department of Educational Administration and HR Development at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She was a professor and department chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She has held several leadership positions in special education, curriculum, gifted, and bilingual/ESL education. She has also served as a principal and superintendent. In her research, writing, and presentations, Beverly has explored issues in educational administration, women's leadership, curriculum development, assessment, and Hispanic gifted and early childhood education.