BGSU names dean of education college

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Dr. Brad Colwell, a professor and associate dean at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has been appointed the next dean of Bowling Green State University’s College of Education and Human Development. Dr. Kenneth Borland, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, made the announcement June 8 following a national search. Colwell’s appointment becomes effective July 19.

“His record of teaching, scholarship and service at the national and state levels has prepared him to lead with vision. We anticipate his ability to lead the college and BGSU’s related programs toward a very exciting future, both on campus and throughout the state,” Borland said of Colwell in his announcement letter.

A tenured full professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education at SIU Carbondale, Colwell holds master’s and doctoral degrees in educational administration, as well as a law degree, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

As associate dean at SIU, he has primary responsibility for all the curricular aspects of the college and its nearly 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. He also administers the faculty mentoring program and has oversight for the college’s student services programs, which include academic advisement, scholarships and recruitment/retention.

His involvement with curricular assessment and program accreditation has led to his being appointed to a three-year term on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. He is also president of the national Education Law Association.

Colwell has a commitment to building a student body and work force that is diverse and dedicated to issues of social justice and ethics, which helps prepare students for the school settings of the future. His philosophy of education complements BGSU’s commitment to the critical exploration of values, Borland said.

His scholarly research has centered on education law and school governance. He is widely published and a frequent presenter on the topics. In addition, he has secured more than $700,000 in external grant funding and is the co-editor of a national publication on school law as well as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Scholarship and Practice.


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(Posted June 10, 2010 )