Anne Nardi, a West Virginia University professor in the College of Human Resources and Education, has been named the colleges interim dean, effective immediately, Provost Gerald Lang announced.

“Dr. Nardi has been acting dean since May 15th and has been associate dean for five years,”Dr. Lang said.”She has excellent credentials and the experience to lead the college during this important transition.”

Nardi, an expert in adult learning and problem solving, replaces William Deaton, who recently resigned to return to the HR&E faculty as a professor of educational psychology.

She was chosen interim dean following a decision to extend the search for a permanent replacement, Lang said.

In this role, she will temporarily oversee a college that enrolls approximately 1,000 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students and has an operating budget of about $5 million. The college employs about 74 faculty and nearly 40 classified staff.

HR&E is home to a five-year teacher education program, touted as a national model. It also houses the Benedum Collaborative for education reform; the Health Sciences&Technology Institute, a summertime program to expose disadvantaged high school students to health careers; and the Job Accommodation Network, an international clearinghouse for disability services.

The college also prepares future teachers, counselors, school leaders, special education leaders and speech pathologists and audiologists. Faculty researchers also contribute greatly to the study and development of human talent and resources.

Nardi was named HR&E associate dean of academic affairs in 1997. Prior to that she was professor and chair of the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations from 1985-97. She co-directed the WVU Instructional Fellows Faculty Development Program from 1976-79.

At WVU , she is noted for co-editing the newsletter of the Self-Regulation in Studying and Learning Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association.

She currently serves as a Society Board member of the International Society for Exploring Teaching Alternatives, among numerous other professional responsibilities.