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MSU announces finalists, forums for dean of College of Education, Health and Human Development

September 18, 2012

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Open public forums will be held from Sept. 24 through Oct. 3 for the four finalists for the position of dean of the Montana State University College of Education, Health and Human Development.

The finalists are: Kenneth Coll, associate dean of the College of Education at Boise State University; Deborah Meyer Hill, interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Southern Utah University; Lynda Ransdell, professor of kinesiology at Boise State University; and Patricia Wachholz, dean of the College of Education at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Helen Melland, dean of MSU's College of Nursing and chair of the committee searching for the new dean, said the four finalists represent a great breadth and depth of experience in the fields represented in MSU's College of Education, Health and Human Development.

"We are excited about each of the candidates and look forward to their visits to campus" Melland said.

A summary of the candidates' backgrounds, and date and time of each of their public forums follows. Each will be followed by a reception.

Kenneth Coll is associate dean for the Boise State University College of Education. An accredited counselor, Coll has been a professor of counseling education at Boise State since 1998. He became involved in administration when he was named chair of his department in 2003 and associate dean in 2008. Coll has a bachelor's degree in business management from Bloomsburg University, a master's degree in counseling from Emporia State University and a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Oregon State University. Coll's public presentation and reception will begin at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in room 108 of Reid Hall.

Coll's full vita may be found at: http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/images/articles/hires/20120918-927381925703526681.pdf

Lynda Ransdell is a professor of kinesiology at Boise State University and the current president of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. Ransdell has a bachelor's degree in physical education from Eastern Kentucky University, a master's degree in exercise and sports studies from Smith College and a doctorate in exercise and wellness education from Arizona State University. She began her career as a field hockey and lacrosse coach at Smith College and Oberlin College. She has taught at Arizona State, Colorado State University, University of Kentucky and University of Utah. She has been at Boise State since 2004, serving as head of the Department of Kinesiology for two years. Her public presentation will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Byker Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building.

Ransdell's full vita may be found at: http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/images/articles/hires/20120918-2079246781848891460.pdf

Deborah Meyer Hill is interim dean of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development at Southern Utah University, where she also serves as the faculty representative for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Meyer Hill has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education, learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders from the University of Colorado and a doctorate in curriculum instruction from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She started her career as an elementary school teacher and was named teacher of the year in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools. She taught at Wake Forest University and joined Southern Utah University in 2000, where she was also named a distinguished educator. She has also served as president of the SUU faculty senate. She has been interim dean since 2011. Meyer Hill's public presentation will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in room 103 of Reid Hall.

Meyer Hill's full vita may be found at: http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/images/articles/hires/20120918-7247721511463159064.pdf

Patricia Wachholz is dean of the College of Education at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga. Prior to joining Armstrong Atlantic in 2008, Wachholz was associate dean for graduate studies and a professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. She was also chair of the Division of Liberal Arts and Education and English professor at Lane College and taught at Lambuth University, both in Jackson, Tenn. Wachholz has a bachelor's degree in English from Western Michigan University, a master's of education from the University of North Florida and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Memphis. Her public presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Byker Auditorium.

Wachholz' full vita may be found at: http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/images/articles/hires/20120918-14151938701537143034.pdf.

The successful candidate will succeed Larry Baker as dean of MSU's College of Education, Health and Human Development. The college is composed of the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Development. For more information about the college, go to http://www.montana.edu/wwwed/

Helen Melland, (406) 994-3784 helen.melland@montana.edu