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UNI names new College of Education dean

May 20, 2003

Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jeffrey W. Cornett has been named dean of the University of Northern Iowa's (UNI) College of Education, pending official notification of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The appointment is effective July 1. Cornett is professor and chair of the Department of Educational Research, Technology and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

Prior to his current position, Cornett was chair of the Department of Instructional Programs and Educational Leadership in the UCF College of Education.

Cornett holds a Ph.D. in education from The Ohio State University; a master's degree in education from the University of Toledo; and a bachelor's degree in education from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include civic education, social responsibility, and teacher and administrator decision making.

He replaces William Callahan, associate dean of the UNI College of Education, who has served as interim dean of the college since July 2002. Callahan replaced Thomas Switzer, who resigned to become dean of the College of Education at the University of Toledo, in Ohio.