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PORTALES – Eastern New Mexico University has hired Dr. Steven C. Russell from Central Michigan University to be the new dean of the College of Education and Technology. He begins on Aug. 19.
Russell is currently a dean over five departments and seven centers at Central Michigan, as well as being a professor of special education.
In making the announcement, ENMU President Steven Gamble said, "We are very pleased and gratified to have attracted someone of Dr. Steven Russell's caliber to serve as the next dean of the College of Education and Technology at Eastern New Mexico University. With his years of experience and impressive credentials, we believe that Dr. Russell is the perfect candidate to continue and build upon the excellent education program at Eastern. We know that our professors, students and the public will be well served by the innovative ideas that Dr. Russell brings to Eastern and New Mexico education as a whole."
Russell earned a Ph.D. in learning disabilities, language development and disorders from The University of Michigan in 1981, an M.Ed. in special education from The University of Toledo in 1977, and a B.S.Ed. in speech and English from Bowling Green State University in 1971.
"I'm impressed with the quality of the faculty, staff and students at Eastern New Mexico University," Russell said. "Eastern has a diverse student population which makes the school a very dynamic environment to be a part of. I am especially excited about Eastern's outstanding track record in assessing student achievement. This is something which really resonates with me as it is an area in which I am extremely interested."
Russell said he also "looks forward to my first experience in living in the Southwest with its diverse culture and milder climate than what I'm used to."
Russell's other professional experiences have included a number of positions at Bowling Green State University, as well as at The University of Michigan, The University of Toledo, and at elementary and high schools.
He has been published or read papers in numerous forums, received a number of research grants, and is active in many professional and scholarly organizations.
News Release from Central Michigan University
by Pat Housley
Central Michigan University
MOUNT PLEASANT – Steven Russell will be remembered for his commitment to quality and openness to new ideas as the dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University.
Effective Aug. 19, Russell begins a new appointment as dean of the College of Education and Technology at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. He also will be a professor of special education at ENMU.
CMUšs interim Provost Robert Kohrman says Russell will be remembered as a strong leader and a valuable member of the staff.
"The new ideas hešs brought to this university have enriched the college and the CMU community," said Kohrman. "His vision and experience will be missed, but we congratulate him on this new opportunity and wish him well."
As CMUšs dean since 1999, Russell has been instrumental in reforming governance for the teacher preparation program, strengthening the admission procedures for teacher candidates and restructuring the student services provided through the college. In addition, he helped the college make progress towards a proposed renovation and addition to Ronan Hall, and expand its partnerships with public schools and the community.
"The school partnerships have been a real beneficial part of the position here, and Išve also been able to develop new partnerships," said Russell. "Išm excited about the position at ENMU because the population is so diverse, with an undergraduate population estimated to be about 33 percent Hispanic. They also have a long standing commitment to student outcomes, and I have a great deal of experience and interest in that area."
Russell graduated from high school in Marion, a small town south of Cadillac. Previously, he was associate dean for academic affairs and summer dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University. He has a bacheloršs degree in speech and English from Bowling Green, a masteršs degree in special education from the University of Toledo, and a doctorate in learning disabilities, language development and disorders from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Steven C. Russell