New Dean Announced

REDLANDS, Calif. - (May 14, 2014) – Dr. Andrew Wall has been appointed Robert A. and Mildred Peronia Naslund Endowed Dean's Chair in the School of Education at the University of Redlands, effective July 1, 2014.

As dean, Dr. Wall will strengthen relationships with local school districts and partner with organizations for educational solutions benefiting southern California. His significant experience in educational leadership and his background as a professor in governance and policy in higher education will benefit the School of Education as the educational landscape in California continues to present challenges and opportunities.

Dr. Wall joins the University of Redlands from the University of Rochester. At Rochester he served as associate professor and chair of the educational leadership program and the co-interim director of the Warner Center for Professional Development and Educational Reform at the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Wall as incoming dean of our School of Education,” said Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer David Fite. “Dr. Wall is a highly regarded teacher and scholar who brings impressive leadership skills and experience to this position. We look forward with excitement to his contributions to the School of Education and University of Redlands.”

Among his achievements, Wall has served as a Young Academic Fellow for the Institute for Higher Education Policy and Lumina Foundation for Education. Wall focuses his research and evaluation projects in the areas of learning outcomes, college student health and learning, state educational finance, and public trust in education. He has been involved in grants totaling nearly $4 million in funded projects from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and private foundations such as the Joyce Foundation.

The search committee was deeply impressed by Dr. Wall’s understanding of Redlands, his ability to connect with various constituencies, his openness and candor, and his deep understanding of the entire breadth of education,” said Ed Wingenbach, chair of the search committee. The candidate recommendation from the search committee was unanimous.

“I was drawn to the University of Redlands as a liberal arts institution with a small private school of education, an environment I know well,” Wall said. “President Kuncl wants to progressively move the institution forward and this is exactly the type of environment that I want to be a part of. I’m thrilled to be joining the University and to be a part of the history of educational leadership among southern California constituents that I heard so much about through the interview process,” Wall added.

University of Rochester Professor David Hursh and colleague described Wall as enthusiastic and optimistic about every aspect of his work. “As I watched him in his various leadership roles, it was clear that he enjoyed immensely engaging colleagues in frank discussions regarding the school's mission and how best to implement it,” said David Hursh, professor of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School of Education and Human Development.

Dr. Wall received his Ph.D. in education, organization, and leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his M.A. in education from Ball State University, and his B.A. from the University of Iowa.

Media Contact: Patty Zurita | 909-748-8070

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