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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) has appointed Marguerite Parks as associated dean of the college.

Parks will be responsible for assisting COEHS with program planning, development and assessments, national and state accreditations, program evaluations, data management, graduate assistant allocation and student appeals. She will serve as the college representative in the absence of the dean.

The associate dean assists in providing leadership to the college, which employs approximately 108 faculty and academic staff and is organized into seven departments: counselor education, curriculum and instruction, educational foundations, human services and educational leadership, human kinetics and health education, reading education and special education.

“I am delighted to accept this appointment. I am looking forward to working closely with the faculty and with other administrators on issues such as diversity, connecting with students at an earlier stage, leadership and other issues that are important to our students. I look forward to all the new challenges the position brings,” said Parks.

Fred Yeo, COEHS dean, said, “Dr. Parks will bring not only her experience as a faculty member and, most recently, as department chair of educational foundations to the associate dean’s office, but also her special brand of optimism, energy and concerns for issues of diversity and change as they impact our students and programs. With her experience she is a perfect fit.”

Michael Ford, who headed up the search and screen process for the associate dean position, said, “It was clear in looking at all candidates that Dr. Parks was by far the best match for what the COEHS needed. She has demonstrated leadership abilities in a variety of contexts; brings a variety of important experiences to draw from; shows an ongoing commitment to quality scholarship, teaching and service; and uses her interpersonal skills in a very effective manner.”

The COEHS is committed to preparing “Educators/Professionals as Caring Intellectuals” — preparing the best to lead our state and nation in the fields of teaching, counseling and human services.

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