UAS names four deans

Posted: Monday, July 12, 2010

The University of Alaska Southeast has named four new deans, with two being new to the school and two being named as part of a restructuring of the regional college's student services programs.

Newly promoted deans are Joe Nelson, who will become Dean of Enrollment Management, and Jessie Grant, who will become Dean of Students.

Nelson had been director of admissions and Grant served as director of activities and housing.

The restructuring and the appointments came after the retirement of Vice Chancellor for Student Services Bruce Gifford, who returned to UAS in 2008 but served the school for more than 25 years in total.

Two new deans have been hired as well.

Deborah Lo will begin work as Dean of Education on August 1.

Lo was recently the chair of the Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education for Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Previously Lo was chair of the Education Department at the University of Scranton, a Jesuit institution in Scranton, Penn.

She has a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Chicago and bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida State University. She is a native of the Florida Keys.

Lo said it was an honor to be selected to be dean of UAS's School of Education.

"It is clear that the faculty have a passion for developing and maintaining quality education programs that result in educators who are held in high regard. My challenge will be to help maintain and build a competitive edge both in Alaska and nationally," she said in a statement provided by UAS.

Also coming onboard on Aug. 1 is Stephen Krause as Dean of Professional and Technical Studies. He will oversee UAS management and Career Education programs.

"I have been very impressed with the people I have met at the University of Alaska Southeast," Krause said in a statement.

The position he is filling was previously held by Karen Schmidt, who moved to the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Krause most recently served as Chair of Business at Concordia University in Portland, Ore. Before going to Concordia in 1999, Krause worked for three years for the Boeing Company under contract to train B1 bomber pilots.

He spent 20 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, including command and administrative positions at two combat flight training schools.

Krause completed his doctoral work at Texas Tech University and holds a bachelor's in Physics and a master's in Human Resource Management. He also is an honors graduate of National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

UAS Spokesperson Katie Bausler said the university is also making progress in hiring a new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, its largest college.

That position is currently filled on an interim basis by Vice-Provost Jim Everett since late 2008, when former dean Pat Brown was fired without explanation.

A search committee headed by Nelson and Dan Monteith, assistant professor of Anthropology, has been recruiting since a failed attempt to fill the position last year.

That committee is currently reviewing a new pool of 12 applicants and hopes to have the position filled by fall, Bausler said.

• Contact reporter Pat Forgey at 523-2250 or patrick.forgey@

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