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Pacific names new education dean

Leif Gustavson, who comes from Pennsylvania, begins tenure July 1

Following a national search, Pacific University has selected Leif Gustavson as the new dean of its College of Education.

Gustavson succeeds Mark Ankeny, the dean since 2006, who has also served the university as vice president for enrollment management and student affairs since Sept. 2012. Ankeny will continue his VP post at Pacific and serve as dean until Gustavson begins his appointment July 1.

Gustavson comes to the Forest Grove university from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa., where he successfully transitioned the institution’s education department to a school of education in 2012. He secured a $1 million gift to help finance the school’s first endowed chair position, helped design a comprehensive marketing plan for the new school and oversaw the program’s successful redesign as well as its accreditation and review process.

While at Arcadia, Gustavson also led the development of three different university partnerships with K-12 schools, which have become models for sustainability and reciprocity. Additionally, Gustavson launched semester-long, global teaching fieldwork experiences for Arcadia students.

Gustavson has served on Arcadia’s education faculty since 2001, first as an assistant professor and then as an associate professor. He earned a Ph.D. in education with a specialty in reading, writing and literacy from the University of Pennsylvania.

He’s excited to join Pacific’s administration.

“The present moment in education is particularly challenging and therefore brimming with possibility,” Gustavson said. “I relish the opportunity to work together to create what the future of higher education, speech-language pathology and K-12 learning and teaching can be.”

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