Deans for Impact welcomes six new member deans

Earlier this year, Deans for Impact launched as an organization with 18 founding deans. Today, we are thrilled to take the next step in our organization’s growth with the addition of six new member deans:

  • Kenneth Coll, Dean, College of Education, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Mark Girod, Dean, College of Education, Western Oregon University
  • Cassandra P. Herring, Dean, School of Education and Human Development, Hampton University
  • Alan Lesgold, Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of Education, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sara Ray Stoelinga, Sara Liston Spurlark Director, Urban Education Institute, University of Chicago
  • Josh Thomases, Dean of Innovation, Policy & Research, Bank Street College of Education

Our new member deans bring with them a wealth of experience in educator preparation that both complements that of our founding deans and rounds out the Deans for Impact organization. Between them, they held many varied roles in education before assuming their deanships including high school teacher, academic advisor at a community college, senior research analyst at a research organization, deputy chief academic officer for instruction in a large K-12 district, and professor of psychology, and director of policy for a state education agency.

With the addition of these six new member deans, the membership of Deans for Impact continues to reflect a diverse cross-section of this country’s educator-preparation programs. Our member deans lead programs in 15 different states spread across every major region in the U.S. They head research-oriented institutions, large public universities, regional colleges, private universities, and HBCUs. This diversity is one of Deans for Impact’s key strengths. As David Andrews, dean of the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University and one of our founding deans said in January, what binds all these member deans together is their deep commitment to higher standards and accountability for giving future educators the skills and knowledge they’ll need to measurably improve student learning.

We couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to all our deans — founding and new — in more detail so the field at large can learn from their knowledge and experiences. To that end, we’re launching a rolling series on our blog that will feature Q&As with each of our deans over the coming weeks. Through our “Five Questions for a Dean” series, you’ll learn more about our deans’ backgrounds, the pivotal moments that have shaped their approach to educator preparation, the future opportunities in educator preparation they’re most excited about and more. The series kicks off tomorrow with a post from Bill McDiarmid, dean of the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Charis Anderson

Senior Director of Communications

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