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Washington tapped to lead health and human services

Nov. 3, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The former director of the Western Michigan University School of Social Work has been named the new dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Earlie Washington, who was appointed in July to serve in the role while the University conducted a national search for a new dean, has accepted the dean's position through the end of the 2008-09 academic year. She officially replaces Dr. Janet Pisaneschi, who was named WMU provost and vice president for academic affairs in May.

"I am delighted that Dr. Washington has agreed to serve," said Pisaneschi in making the appointment. "She has the confidence and support of her colleagues, and she is committed to the success of the college and the University."

Before her original appointment as dean in July, Washington had been a member of the faculty and director of the WMU School of Social Work since 2000. Previously, she was director and associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she had been a faculty member since 1992.

Washington also has taught at the University of Chicago, Illinois State University and Tougaloo College. In addition, she has served in a variety of roles, such as director of the Life Skills Pre-Employment Training and Counseling Program in Chicago and director of an elderly support project, also in Chicago.

Washington has extensive experience directing funded grant and contract projects and is widely published on such topics as Internet-based instruction and behavioral programming for Alzheimer's clients. She earned her bachelor's degree from Tougaloo College, a master's degree from Ohio State University and her doctoral degree from the University of Chicago.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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