CEHD officially names new Dean

Jean Quam, who has served as interim dean for CEHD since 2008, was officially named dean on Friday.

by Danielle Nordine

Jean Quam , who has served as the interim dean for the College of Education and Human Development since October 2008, was officially named dean of the college on Friday. Quam was a senior associate dean for CEHD before her appointment to interim dean, and was a director and professor in the School of Social Work before the college combined with CEHD and the General College to form the current CEHD. CEHD is the third-largest college at the University, with about 5,100 students and 57 academic programs. âÄúWhat IâÄôm excited about is looking at how the staff and faculty and different students can come together to really make this an exciting college,âÄù Quam said. She listed diversity, technology and innovation, excellence in research and reorganizing and realignment of programs as her four main priorities for the college and issues she plans to address as dean. Quam received her bachelorâÄôs degree in social work from Minnesota State University Moorhead , a masterâÄôs degree in social work from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in social welfare. She was recruited to the University of Minnesota from the University of Wisconsin to work as an associate faculty member for the womenâÄôs studies department in 1983. âÄú[Quam] has done a terrific job as interim dean at a really challenging time in the collegeâÄôs history,âÄù said Sharon Reich Paulsen, associate vice-president and chief of staff. The appointment is subject to approval at the Board of RegentsâÄô meeting next week, and if approved, the appointment would take effect immediately. Reich Paulsen said while the ProvostâÄôs Office conducted a search for the position, âÄúit became quite clear that Dean Quam enjoys really great and broad support within the college.âÄù