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By Ralph Derickson

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Ed Sagan served as dean of the College of Education from 1982 to 1990, and later served two years as interim dean of the College of Social Work.

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June 7, 2001– (Lexington, Ky.) – While the search for the next dean of the College of Education continues, a familiar face has been called to fill the role of interim dean this fall. Ed Sagan, former dean, has accepted an offer to come out of retirement and serve the university once more. He begins his appointment officially on July 1.

Sagan served as dean of the College of Education from 1982 to 1990. Many faculty members and alumni remember his leadership through a difficult decade. Despite a growing national trend in the eighties to reduce or even eliminate schools of education from many well-known universities, Sagan managed to keep all of the departments under the college’s scope intact. Facing budgetary cutbacks and faculty reductions, Sagan believed it was important that the college maintained all its undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Despite these difficult circumstances, Sagan worked with faculty to see that programs continued to grow and flourish.

During his tenure as dean, the college of education faculty:

       Redesigned the college’s Ed.D. programs.

       Merged the departments of Higher Education and Social and Philosophical Studies to form the Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation department.

       Designed and implemented the Middle School teacher education program

       Installed the college’s first three computer labs.

       Assisted the Kentucky Department of Education to establish the Beginning Teacher Internship Program.

This is only a short list of the college’s accomplishments during Sagan’s administrative tenure.

The role of interim dean is not a new one for Sagan. In 1996, he accepted appointment as acting dean of the College of Social Work, a position he held for two years.

Compared with all Sagan had to contend with during his first term as dean at the college of education, the prospect of returning as interim dean has some appeal. “My return as acting dean is motivated by a career-long interest in college and university administration,” commented Sagan. Given the nature of an interim appointment, Sagan approaches the fall semester without a predetermined agenda. He plans to address the high priority needs identified by the college’s faculty and staff.

This interim position will serve as a leadership bridge to allow for a seamless transition between Dean Shirley Raines and the new dean when they come on the job. The search committee expects to recommend a new dean before the end of the fall 2001 semester.

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