Bob Hughes named interim dean of Education

Bob Hughes, associate professor in the Department of Professional Studies, was appointed interim dean of the College of Education and will assume his new leadership role at the university on Aug. 1. Hughes joined the College of Education in 2007 from South Seattle Community College, where he served as dean of General Studies. Previously he had served as associate professor of Secondary Education at California State University at Monterey Bay and as dean of Instruction at Highline Community College. Hughes has established a national reputation as an outstanding educator and mentor of students and has developed an active and strong program of research on the role of technology in education, the needs of adult learners and teacher preparation. 

Following is a message from Hughes that appeard on the College of Education's website:

Dear College of Education Students and Alumni,

As you know, Dr. Sue Schmitt, who was dean of the college for the past 16 years, stepped down from that position as of July 31. We are grateful for the leadership and management Dr. Schmitt provided during her tenure in that role. I was humbled and honored when the university administration approached me about assuming the interim dean position, and I have accepted the invitation to lead the college for the coming year while we search for our permanent dean.

Over my 33 years in education, I have been a secondary classroom teacher, community college instructor, college dean, teacher education program director and university professor. In some way or another during that time, I have worked closely with all of the facets of education that our college provides. My knowledge and experience will help us build upon the many initiatives already in place and help shepherd new initiatives that will develop in the year ahead.

As the interim dean for the 2012-13 academic year, I am looking forward to helping our college move forward with its work. Our new relationship with Seattle Public Schools to host a Middle College program, the successful revision of our doctoral leadership program, and partnerships with local districts and community colleges to provide inservice training to staff and faculty are just a few of those initiatives that will blossom in the year ahead. When the university selects a permanent dean for the college, I plan on returning to my position as the program director and associate professor within our Adult Education program. In the meantime, I look forward to working with you all in the year ahead as we continue the excellent work that is the hallmark of our college.


Bob Hughes, Ed.D.
Interim Dean


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