Dean of Woodring College at WWU to leave

The Bellingham Business Journal

Stephanie Salzman, dean of Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education since 2002, will leave her position at the end of the current 2010-2011 academic year in order to spend more time with her family and to pursue other professional interests.

“Dean Salzman’s leadership of Woodring College of Education has been superlative and exemplary. Western is a leading producer of educators for this state and they are also the best trained and most sought-after teachers and human service professionals in the state,” Western President Bruce Shepard said.

Since Salzman has been dean of Woodring College, the college’s reputation in the state has continued to grow both regionally and nationally.

“While my decision to leave Western and Woodring College of Education was very difficult, I am looking forward to new adventures including spending more time with my family,” Salzman said. “I have truly treasured my work with the extraordinary students, staff, and faculty at WWU and Woodring, and I am proud and grateful for the progress the College has made over the last eight years in meeting the critical need for highly qualified educators and human service professionals in the state of Washington and beyond.”

Achievements while Salzman lead Woodring include a continued emphasis on high-quality teacher preparation programs; a strong commitment to school and community service and a variety of programs that prepare professionals for careers as K-12 teachers, as school administrators and working with human service agencies.

“I deeply appreciate Dean Salzman’s skilled, tenacious and effective leadership of Western’s highly regarded Woodring College. We all will miss Dean Salzman and wish her well as she pursues new endeavors,” said Catherine Riordan, Western’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Riordan said that she will be discussing possible options for selecting a new dean with Woodring faculty and staff before the end of the month.

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