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CHRE dean candidates invited

By Sandy Broughton and Susan MacDonald

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 29 - April 25, 1996

Four candidates for the position of dean of the merged College of Human Resources and Education at Virginia Tech have been invited for on-campus interviews.

The interview process began this week with a two-day visit by Richard L. Schwab, dean of the School of Education at Drake University, on April 22-24. Schwab met with Provost Peggy Meszaros, the Dean's Search Committee, education and human resources faculty members, administrators, staff members, students, alumni, and external constituents. Similar schedules are planned for the other three candidates.

The three remaining candidates and their interview dates are April 29-May 1: Janet Johnson, interim dean, College of Human Resources, Virginia Tech; May 1-3: Charles McClintock, associate dean for academic affairs and administration, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University; May 5-8: H. Wells Singleton, dean, College of Education, Ohio University.

The candidates' curriculum vitae and their on-campus itineraries have been circulated throughout the colleges of Human Resources and Education. All members of the Virginia Tech community are invited to attend open presentations by the candidates which are scheduled for 4 p.m. in the DBHCC on the following dates: April 30, Johnson; May 1, McClintock; and May 7, Singleton.

These presentations will be videotaped for those who are not able to attend.

In March, the 16-member Dean's Search Committee completed the initial phases of the search for dean of the College of Human Resources and Education. It will make its recommendation to Meszaros shortly after the on-campus interviews and assessments are completed. The committee, chaired by Patricia Edwards, dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, advertised the position in professional journals and listserves and in the Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition, more than 1,000 letters were sent to deans of colleges of human resources and colleges of education, directly soliciting nominations and applications.

The search committee is composed of faculty and staff members, alumni, and others from the Colleges of Human Resources and Education. Members are Edwards, search committee chair; Ali Al-Najadah, Housing, Interior Design and Resource Management; Julia Beamish, Housing, Interior Design and Resource Management; Rosemary Blieszner, Family and Child Development; Jeanette Bowker, Housing, Interior Design and Resource Management; Natasha Davis, Family and Child Development; Valerie Giddings, Clothing and Textiles; Deanna Gordon, superintendent, Roanoke County Schools; Rosemary Goss, Housing, Interior Design and Resource Management; David Hutchins, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Jerry Niles, Teaching and Learning; Peggy Quesenberry, Clothing and Textiles; Debbie Snead, Extension; Forrest Thye, Human Nutrition and Foods; Eliza Tse, Hospitality and Tourism Management; and Claire Vaught, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

The merger of the College of Education and the College of Human Resources will become effective July 1, 1996, with the transition slated for completion by July 1, 1998. Under the merger plan, the College of Education will continue the process of restructuring it began in 1994.

President Paul Torgersen announced his decision to merge the College of Education with an existing college Nov. 8, 1995. The details of the merger were worked out by a 15-member committee headed by Meszaros. The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors voted its support of the merger plan at its meeting Feb. 19, 1996.