1. K-State home
  2. »Office of the Vice President for Student Life
  3. »K-State Today Student Edition
  4. »Finalists announced for dean of Kansas State University's College of Education

K-State Today Student Edition

February 16, 2012



Finalists announced for dean of Kansas State University's College of Education

By Sue Maes

Four finalists will be interviewed for the position of dean of Kansas State University's College of Education.

Sue Maes, dean of K-State's Division of Continuing Education and chair of the search committee, said the finalists are: Peter Hlebowitsh, department executive officer of the department of teaching and learning and professor at the University of Iowa; Debbie Mercer, associate dean and professor in the College of Education at Kansas State University; Kim Metcalf, dean of education at the University of West Georgia; and Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, associate dean and professor in the College of Education at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

"The search committee believes these four candidates stood out and have the necessary qualifications and experience for this key position at K-State," Maes said. “The pool was highly competitive and we look forward to learning more about each of these candidates when they visit our campus.”

April Mason, provost and senior vice president, said she is eager to hire a dean who is committed to continuing the long tradition for excellence the college has established under the leadership of longtime dean Mike Holen.

"We have been fortunate to have Dean Holen’s long and distinguished leadership for our College of Education. It will be crucial to bring in an individual who can keep the college moving forward as we implement our K-State 2025 visionary plan,” Mason said.

The schedule of candidates will be:

Pehrsson: Feb. 29-March 2

Hlebowitsh: March 4-6

Metcalf: March 5-7

Mercer: March 6-8

Full schedules and application materials for each candidate will be available soon on the Provost’s website, www.k-state.edu/provost/searches.