An experienced administrator and academic has been named the new dean of the West Virginia University College of Human Resources and Education.


Dee Hopkins, Ed.D., dean of the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has accepted the position after an extensive, nationwide search. She will assume the post July 1 and brings a background of administrative excellence, distinguished teaching, and research and development success to her role at WVU .


Dr. Hopkins offers a combination of experiences that will be of great value to our students and our research efforts,said WVU President Mike Garrison.We are excited to have attracted a dean with such a strong track record of serving students, schools and the community.


WVU Provost Gerald Lang said that Hopkinsexperience at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi made her the standout candidate.I was both impressed by her energy level and vision,he said.I am confident that she will play a title role in moving the college forward.


Hopkins has served in her current position at the Corpus Christi campus since 2000. Among her accomplishments at Texas A&M- Corpus Christi: she focused college research by establishing the Center for Educational Development, Evaluation, and Research and initiated an innovative transition to teaching program for downsized industry workers. She also held the position of professor of curriculum and instruction while at the University.


The College of Human Resources and Education at West Virginia University is filled with dynamic, creative, and caring individuals who are making a tremendous impact in the state of West Virginia and throughout the nation,said Hopkins.It will be an honor to serve as their dean.An Islander for the past seven years, I am ready to trade in my sandals and become a Mountaineer.

Her higher education experience includes serving as dean of South Dakota State Universitys College of Education and Counseling from 1997-2000. Prior to that position, she served as an associate professor was a faculty member and division chair at the University of Wyoming from 1984 to 1997. She also served as a visiting lecturer at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1982 and as adjunct faculty at Indiana University from 1976 to 1981.


Hopkins received her bachelors, masters and doctor of education/library science from Indiana University.
p. In her role as dean, Hopkins will 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.

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Established in 1927 as a separate college within West Virginia University, the College of Human Resources and Education has a richhistoryof serving West Virginia. Now, over 75 years after its establishment, the College continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the community that it servesbringing together future teachers, school counselors, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, rehabilitation counselors, higher education administrators, educational leaders, and others who care about education and the quality of peoples lives. The five-year dual-degree teacher education program, which graduated its first class in May 2000, is an example of the responsiveness of the College to changing educational needs.

The College of Human Resources and Education also houses the Benedum Collaborative for education reform; Trek21, a program that trains teachers how to instruct their students on using the Internet; the Health Sciences&Technology Institute, a summertime program to expose disadvantaged high school students to health careers; and the Jobs Accommodation Network, an international clearinghouse for disability services.