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Someone Like me?

Dr. Marché Fleming-Randle Assistant Dean, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

Marche Fleming Randle was born to college educated Civil Rights activist parents, James and Walter Mary Fleming in Birmingham, Alabama. They believed that education was not an option, it was a necessity to make it in this life. Her father was a military man who moved his family across the country and the world. As a child, Fleming-Randle and her younger brother James Jr. were educated in Europe and attended predominantly white elementary, middle, high schools and universities.

Though Fleming-Randle attended the University of Maryland in Munich, West Germany, she earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s in adult and continuing education from Kansas State University. She earned her doctorate in adult education with emphasis in diversity and she is currently pursuing her Ed. D. in child and youth studies from Nova Southeastern University.

Fleming-Randle has also received a number of awards and honors. She was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at Upper Iowa University 2004, and in 2005 she was named Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She has several publications and is a motivational speaker. She credits her success to her morals and values instilled in her by her parents.

Fleming-Randle shares that while attending college, she faced several barriers. For example, she had no professors to mentor her through her undergraduate or graduate school process. She was not awarded any scholarship. Fleming-Randle was even told that she was not doctoral student material and it appeared that professors graded her work harder than others. She did not allow this adversity or academic hardship to stop her from seeking her goals.

Fleming-Randle married her soul mate Aron Randle in 1991 and returned back to Germany as a military spouse. In 2002, personal hardships took a toll on her education process. Her only son died and her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer and under went treatment until her death in March 2004.

Today, she is the Assistant Dean for the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the college liaison for student services planning and implementation, which encompasses undergraduate recruitment activity, enrollment and matriculation to degree completion. She loves her position as assistant dean of the largest college on Wichita State University campus. She states it is a great day to be a Shocker! “Wichita State University is the best thing that could have happend to me in 2007!

Fleming-Randle’s family and friends have always been very supportive of her education. For example, her moth- er always told her she would need to use three bones in this life: Wishbone, Funny bone, and Backbone to be successful! The wishbone to wish for your success, the funny bone to laugh when you want to cry and the back- bone to stand up for what you believe in! This quote from her mother has proven to be successful to Fleming-Randle as an educator. When things got tough, her husband always stated “You cannot climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets. You have to work twice as hard because you are black and a female! So get your hands out of your pockets and get to stepping!” When she complained about her professors her father would state“You can get busy crying about the conversation or you can get busy working on the situation! It is what it is!” These tidbits of “TLC” have stayed with Fleming-Randle and she holds them dear to her heart and uses them to encourage students of all race, gender and background who come to see her. She has a few words of wisdom herself to share with the students: “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies who He calls”. “Let no man or woman black, white or other stand in your way of your educational endeavors! Success Awaits You!”

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