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University of Louisville College of Education names U of I alumna as Dean

Ann Larson has been named the new dean of the University of Louisville College of Education and Human Development.

She has been a professor and vice dean for the college and is a 19-year employee of the university. She starts her new position effective July 1.

Larson is an expert in teacher preparation and accountability and experienced in forging community partnerships to improve K-12 education, professional development and adult learning, the university’s announcement said.

Larson “is innovative, results-oriented and has an outstanding national reputation,” said U of L Provost Shirley Willihnganz. “She has the heart of a teacher, the mind of a strategist, and she knows how to build an effective team.”

Larson began her career as a middle and high school teacher. She later moved into administrative roles and began focusing her research in the areas of community-school district partnerships and teacher training and accountability.

She earned a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1998. Larson earned an undergraduate degree from Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan., and graduate degrees from Kansas State University and Wichita State University.

Read more at  The Courier-Journal.

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