WMU News

Education dean's resignation announced

May 17, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees approved the resignation May 17 of Dr. David A. England, dean of the College of Education, who has decided to leave the University to pursue other interests and options in education.

"I appreciate the two years of leadership and service Dean England has given this University," said WMU President Elson S. Floyd in reporting the resignation to the board. England has served as dean of the college since July 2000. He came to WMU from Oklahoma State University, where he had served as head of the School of Curriculum and Educational Leadership.

"I have profited from the opportunities for professional growth this deanship has afforded me," England said, "and look forward to building on the leadership experiences I have had here as dean."

Floyd said he will move quickly to appoint a search committee to find a new dean for the college and has already solicited input from education faculty members and department heads regarding membership on that committee. He has appointed Dr. Rollin G. Douma, to serve as interim dean following England's departure. Douma is an associate professor of English and former dean of the WMU Graduate College.

England's resignation is effective July 1.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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