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John Kozak, Provost, (515) 294-9591
John McCarroll, University Relations, (515) 294-6137


AMES, Iowa -- Walter H. Gmelch, interim dean of the College of Education at Washington State University, Pullman, has been appointed dean of the Iowa State University College of Education.

The appointment is effective July 1.

"Walter Gmelch's appointment as dean of the college of education is great news for Iowa State University," said ISU President Martin Jischke. "He brings an outstanding record of accomplishment in teacher education, research and educational leadership to the college."

Gmelch was named interim dean of the College of Education at Washington State in August 1997. He has been a faculty member at the university for 17 years, serving as director of teacher education and certification, director of administrative programs for the college, and twice serving in associate dean appointments. He has chaired two departments, educational administration and supervision, and educational leadership and counseling psychology; and served as interim chair of a third, kinesiology and leisure studies.

Gmelch also was president of G.T.S. Airfreight, San Francisco, for two years, and associate director of the Field Training and Service Bureau in the College of Education at the University of Oregon, Eugene, for three years. A current research interest is the workload, stress levels and burn-out of Washington school administrators.

"Walter Gmelch has significant expertise in many of the College of Education's strengths, including teacher education, educational leadership and health and human performance," said Provost John Kozak. "His experience in the private sector also will be an asset."

Gmelch received a B.A. in political science in 1969 from Stanford University, California; an M.B.A. in 1971 from the University of California, Berkeley; and a Ph.D. from the Educational Executive Program in 1975 at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Former Education dean Norene Daly stepped down in July 1996 to return to teaching in the department of curriculum and instruction. Camilla Benbow, professor of psychology, is serving as interim dean.


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