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Annette Ezell Grim (’77)

Grim had a prolific career in leadership that was based on her education degree

Dr. Annette Ezell Grim’s love of education is a fundamental part of her legacy. Although she has passed away, her life’s work will continue to positively impact the lives of students and educators for many generations to come.

She was awarded her bachelor of science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1962 and remained there to earn her master of science in zoology and mammalian physiology in 1967. She came to BYU to earn her doctorate in educational administration–public and organizational behavior. She is well-known for her dissertation “Power, Via Machiavellianism, In Educational Decision Making: A Study of Selected Educators, State Officials, and Lobbyists in the 1975 Nevada Legislative Session.”

Dr. Ezell Grim began her remarkable professional career in 1965, starting as a tenured associate professor in the Schools of Medical Science, Nursing, and Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she was also instrumental in the development of two television studios that served to facilitate long-distance learning objectives.

From 1974 to 1977, Dr. Ezell Grim served as the senior staff associate for the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) and as the senior consultant for Secondary and Community College Education for the Nevada State Department of Education.

She became acting dean and tenured professor for the School of Medicine at the University of Utah in 1997 and created a doctoral program in higher education administration as well as several graduate programs. She was also involved in the establishment of an office of graduate studies and created an office of academic affairs.

Dr. Ezell Grim served thereafter as department head and tenured professor at the College of Human Growth and Development at Pennsylvania State University from 1982 to 1987. She continued in this capacity to teach graduate courses in public policy, theory development, administration, and research methods. Between 1985 and 1987 she was also dean of the College of Professional Studies and adjunct professor of business administration at the University of Southern Colorado, where she created a multi-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate college.

Her next role was that of assistant/senior assistant to the president of Towson State University and of Maryland System. She served as a member of the executive administration and oversaw the Division of Institutional Research and the NCAA Division I Intercollegiate Athletic Program at the University. She also taught courses in the School of Business and Economics.

She went on to become associate dean of Occupational Education and professor of business management at Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury from 1995–2000. Her work there resulted in the development and creation of several new certificates and higher education programs within the curriculum.

Dr. Ezell Grim’s final achievement in the field of education was her creation and development of an Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS) microwave system for distance learning between Wor-Wic Community College, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Salisbury State University.

Among her many noteworthy achievements was her distinguished membership in numerous professional organizations and executive level committees, her exceptional work resulting in her nomination in 1982 by the University of Utah listing of the American Council on Education’s Executive Women’s “Identification Project for Higher Education Administrative Posts in the United States.” She was also nominated for membership and listed in the Directory of Distinguished Americans (since 1981), Who’s Who in America (since 1985), Who’s Who in World Women (since 1972), and Who’s Who in American Women (since 1970).

Dr. Ezell Grim is the author of two books, including The Drug The Nurse The Patient (1974) which has been translated into three languages. She also published approximately 30 articles, reports, and professional studies.

Although Dr. Ezell Grim has been nationally recognized for her academic achievements, her accomplishments are not limited to her professional career. She was also a loving wife and mother; she married Dr. John R. Grim III and is the mother of two children, Michael L. Ezell and Rona M. Powers. She is also survived by her husband’s children, Julie Haines and Suzanne Grim, and his grandchildren, Trae Fackler and Garrett and Jillian Haines.

A source of inspiration to all who knew her, Dr. Ezell Grim lived a rich and exemplary life until her death at the age of 65. She enjoyed singing and sharing her love of music, art, and beauty, and was well-known in her community for her involvement in many civic and philanthropic organizations.

December 2006