UAS hires new dean for School of Education

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2006

A new piece of the leadership puzzle has been added at the University of Alaska Southeast.

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The university has hired Larry Harris as the new dean of the School of Education. Harris has been the dean of Idaho State University's College of Education for nine years.

"I think it will be a good opportunity, not only professionally ... but personally. Juneau offers a great many things that I like to do - like fish," he said.

UAS Chancellor John Pugh said Harris brings experience as a dean and through his work in university accreditation. Harris is a member of the Board of Examiners for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and is an evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

"He's a great addition to our leadership team at UAS and will provide great leadership, not only in education, but throughout our academic programs," Pugh said.

Harris will leave his post in Idaho on July 21 and will drive the Alaska Highway to Skagway to take up the new position on Aug. 1.

Harris will be taking over for Elaine Hopson, the interim dean of the School of Education. Deborah Hedee, associate dean at ISU's College of Education, will serve as interim dean.

Pugh says the School of Education, which was known as the Center for Teacher Education before this year, has grown and added new degrees in recent years. He said he believes Harris will help the school continue to grow.

"I think we can continue to improve and make our program what I consider to be the best education program that prepares initial teachers in the state of Alaska," Pugh said. "We can play a major role in providing continuing education for teachers and administrators in the state."

"I'm impressed with the work that is going on at UAS," Harris said.

He said he is also impressed with the geographic location of Juneau and the many activities the region has to offer.

"My wife Carmen and I are both very excited about being there and are both very excited about serving the citizens of Alaska," Harris said.

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