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Dean of UNI's College of Education resigns<br>

May 19, 2002
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Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Thomas Switzer, dean of the University of Northern Iowa's College of Education since 1987, is leaving UNI to become dean of the College of Education at the University of Toledo, in Ohio, effective fall 2002.

'During his distinguished tenure, the College of Education experienced unprecedented growth and achievement,' said Aaron Podolefsky, UNI provost and vice president for academic affairs. 'He established the Minorities in Teaching program, increased technology availability to College of Education faculty and students, and established the Regents Center for Early Developmental Education. He also was responsible for positioning the College of Education as a leader in international activities, and led the integration of information technology into teacher education programs.'

Podolefsky noted Switzer has served as national president of the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities. Prior to coming to UNI, Switzer served as associate dean at the University of Michigan School of Education. He holds a B.A. in history from UNI, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Michigan.

Podolefsky will select an interim dean to be named this summer.