Westminster College Appoints New School of Education Dean

Mar 23, 2016

March 23, 2016 Dr. Melanie Agnew to begin in July 2016 SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College has selected Dr. Melanie Agnew as the new dean of the School of Education. Her appointment will begin July 1. Agnew recently served as the assistant dean in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In her professional career, she has played major roles in campus internationalization, leadership and support for undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as student advising and field experiences. She is currently the president of the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and has served as an education consultant. "Melanie brings with her a wealth of experience," said Dr. Lisa Gentile, Westminster provost. "I look forward to her partnering with the School of Education faculty, staff, and students to continue the work they have done in building strong programs that are responsive to the needs of our broader community." Agnew holds an Ed.D. with a concentration on higher education leadership from the University of Calgary, an M.S. in administrative leadership in adult and continuing education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a B.A. in child and youth care from the University of Victoria in British Columbia. "I am thrilled to be selected as the next dean for the School of Education, and I look forward to working with Provost Gentile, interim Dean Peter Ingle, and the faculty and staff in my transition into this important leadership role," Agnew said. "I will work with the faculty and staff in their commitment to students and their education to set high expectations for teaching and learning in and out of the classroom, as well as support faculty in their research and scholarship. We will work to develop innovative programs, build foundational relationships with and beyond our PK-12 partners and serve Westminster College, Salt Lake City, and the state of Utah in preparing educational leaders for today's classrooms and non-school settings." In her new position, Agnew hopes to elevate the School of Education and promote international recognition for its educational value in how it prepares students for the real world and serves the community. This includes developing leaders who value multicultural, international and global teaching and learning in all scholarly activity, can demonstrate a commitment to educating for social responsibility and value a climate of respect for other cultures and forms of knowledge in communities around the world.  

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