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Darrell Johnson is new EUP dean

June 22, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Darrell Johnson, associate director of Western Michigan University's Extended University Programs, has been named dean of the unit, effective June 15.

Johnson's two-year appointment was announced by Dr. Janet I. Pisaneschi, WMU provost and vice president for academic affairs. He replaces Dr. Nicholas Andreadis, who had served as dean of EUP for the past year. Andreadis announced last month he would step down for personal reasons and, after a six-month administrative leave, he plans to return to the faculty in time for the spring 2007 semester.

"Darrell Johnson brings a wealth of experience in higher education and extensive knowledge of WMU's regional efforts to his new position," says Pisaneschi. "He has earned the respect of the EUP staff, and I have great confidence in his ability to lead this important part of our University."

Johnson served as director of WMU-Battle Creek and WMU-Lansing before being named associate dean of EUP earlier this year. He has been at WMU since 2000, spending his first three years on campus as a graduate student and completing a doctoral degree in counselor education in 2003. From 2001 to 2003 he served as a doctoral intern and then a doctoral associate in the Division of Multicultural Affairs.

Prior to coming to WMU, Johnson served as manager of recruitment and retention for the Graduate Education for Minorities Consortium at the University of Notre Dame from 1998 to 2000. He also was coordinator of engineering recruitment and admissions at the University of Central Florida from 1997 to 1998 and associate director of admissions and coordinator of minority recruitment at Grand Valley State University from 1990 to 1997.

In addition to his doctorate, Johnson has a master's degree in counseling in higher education administration from WMU, a master's degree in educational leadership and higher education administration from GVSU, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Michigan State University. He is a licensed professional counselor as well as a nationally certified counselor.

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

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