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November 13, 2013 — A longtime professor in the University of Wyoming’s College of Education has been named interim dean of the college.
Michael Day, who was a member of the UW faculty from 1982 until his retirement in 2012, begins the appointment immediately. He will remain in the position until a permanent dean is selected.
“I believe that Michael will provide excellent leadership for the UW College of Education during this period of transition,” says Dick McGinity, interim vice president for academic affairs. “I’m pleased to have Michael back on campus and in this critical leadership role, and I look forward to working with him in the months ahead.”
A graduate of the University of Maryland with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and history (1973, 1976), Wayne State University with a M.Ed. (1975), and the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. (1981) in adult education, Day taught at the University of Maryland (European division), Washtenaw Community College (Mich.) and Laramie County Community College before joining the UW faculty in 1982. During his 30 years at UW, Day served as a professor of adult education, head of the adult education graduate program, chair of the Division of Lifelong Learning and Instruction, head of Adult Learning and Technology, and associate dean of the college.
His honors at UW included the university’s highest teaching awards -- the Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award in 1990 and the Ellbogen Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
McGinity says the search firm of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates has been retained to assist in the search for a new dean for the College of Education and, in the coming weeks, he will appoint a broad-based committee to assist in the selection of the dean. The interim dean and associate deans of the College of Education will participate in the identification of search committee members.