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KU School of Education dean announces she will step down

LAWRENCE -- Angela Lumpkin, dean of education at the University of Kansas, announced today that she is stepping down from the deanship for personal reasons, effective Oct. 24.

Lumpkin, who became the 14th dean for the nationally ranked school in August 2001, will return to teaching. Her areas of research and teaching expertise are sports history, sports management and teacher education in physical education.

"Angela Lumpkin has worked hard to move the School of Education forward during her tenure, and she has accomplished a great deal," said David Shulenburger, provost and executive vice chancellor for the Lawrence campus. "I've enjoyed working with her and am pleased that she will remain at KU on the faculty, where she will continue to contribute to students and the university in another capacity."

Shulenburger said an interim dean and plans for a search for a permanent replacement will be announced soon.

Lumpkin's accomplishments as dean include:

-- Raising $1 million for the school's first two endowed professorships. The endowed chairs, in special education and counseling psychology, were created by gifts from Delbert and Barbara Williamson of Atlanta and matched by gifts from Delbert Williamson's former employer, General Electric Co. One of the new professorships has already qualified for income from the state-funded Kansas Partnership for Faculty of Distinction.

-- Making high-caliber hires for new chairs for the school's four departments and 16 other faculty openings. When Lumpkin became dean, one in 10 of the school's 83 tenure-track faculty was on phased retirement and other faculty were nearing retirement.

-- Equipping all the classrooms in Joseph R. Pearson Hall and Robinson Center with instructional technology to enhance student learning, using a combination of state funds, student technology funds, and private support.

Lumpkin cited the availability of tuition enhancement funds and a new differential tuition structure for the school as "a huge move forward for us."

"We had great support from our students for the new tuition structure and we're already seeing the results," Lumpkin said. "We've awarded new merit scholarships and need-based grants and we've increased stipends for those who supervise our students in the public schools. We've also been able to improve services to students everything from extended hours in computer labs to funds for students presenting research papers at professional conferences."

In 2003, Lumpkin also was instrumental in securing a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a Transition to Teaching program with a goal of preparing 160 new teachers for Kansas City, Kan., middle and high schools.

Lumpkin came to KU from the State University of West Georgia, where she had been dean. She previously had taught at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina.

The KU School of Education enrolls more than 600 undergraduate students in five programs of study and 1,300 graduate students in 16 programs. The school's doctoral programs ranked 25th in the nation among public universities by U.S. News and World Report's 2005 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." Its Department of Special Education was ranked No. 1 at a public university. The faculty's $16.6 million in competitive research funding was greater than that of 15 other public education schools in the top 25.


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