Montana State University

Lynda Ransdell named new dean of MSU College of Education, Health and Human Development

October 8, 2012 -- MSU News Service


Lynda Ransdell, professor of kinesiology at Boise State University, has been selected as the new dean of Montana State University's College of Education, Health and Human Development, university officials announced Monday.    High-Res Available

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Lynda Ransdell, professor of kinesiology at Boise State University, has been selected as the new dean of Montana State University's College of Education, Health and Human Development, university officials announced Monday.

Since 2004, Ransdell has been at Boise State, where she served as head of the Department of Kinesiology from 2004-2008. She currently serves as the faculty ombuds for the university. At the University of Utah, she co-directed the graduate program in exercise and sport science and served as executive director of the faculty/staff fitness program. In addition to her work at Boise State and Utah, she has been a faculty member at Colorado State University and the University of Kentucky.

Ransdell has a strong interest in promoting the health benefits of exercise and sport and has been president of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. She has published more than 85 papers and three books and was named a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, or AAHPERD. She has also served as editor for the "Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal."

Ransdell has a doctorate in exercise and wellness education (curriculum and instruction) from Arizona State University, a master's degree in exercise and sport studies from Smith College and a bachelor's degree in physical education and health from Eastern Kentucky University.

She rose to the top of a large pool of candidates from education, health, and human development disciplines who applied for the position. Sixteen candidates were interviewed, seven of whom were invited to campus for an intensive day and a half of meetings with faculty, administrators and students.

Ransdell replaces Larry Baker, who retired in July. Carl Fox, dean of MSU's Gradute School, has been serving as interim dean of the college since July 16.

"We are delighted to have Lynda join us," said MSU Provost Martha Potvin. "She has a strong sense of who we are here at MSU, and her great strengths as a teacher, researcher and administrator and her contagious enthusiasm will advance both the college and the university. We look forward to having her join the MSU community."

Ransdell will begin her duties at MSU on Jan. 1, 2013.

"Montana State is a university on the move," Ransdell said. "With a new strategic plan in place, a visionary and dynamic leadership team, a hard-working and distinguished faculty and staff, and the best students in the Northwest, I'm excited about the opportunities that are presented at Montana State. I look forward to working hard to take the College of Education, Health and Human Development to the next level."

Contact: Tracy Ellig, University Communications, (406) 994-5607 or telling@montana.edu