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UW-Eau Claire Names Dr. Gail Scukanec Dean
of the College of Education and Human Sciences

RELEASED: May 16, 2007

Dr. Gail Scukanec
Dr. Gail Scukanec

EAU CLAIRE — A professor of communication disorders who has a decade of administrative experience in higher education has been named the new dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Provost and Vice Chancellor Steve Tallant announced this week.

Dr. Gail Scukanec (pronounced su KAN ik), who currently serves as interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., will begin her duties at UW-Eau Claire July 15.

"Dr. Scukanec brings with her the knowledge and experience needed to move the College of Education and Human Sciences forward," Tallant said. "The college has made tremendous strides and it's critical that we hire a dean who will keep that momentum going. I believe the college will thrive under Dr. Scukanec's leadership."

Scukanec will replace Dr. Katherine Rhoades, the college's founding dean, who is retiring.

"I will bring to the position my enthusiasm, dedication to academic excellence, experience as an academic leader, and love of working with others in higher education," Scukanec said. "I am really looking forward to being a member of the team."

Scukanec said she was attracted to UW-Eau Claire because of its strong academic reputation and the quality of its faculty, staff and students.

"UW-Eau Claire is known for its excellence as a comprehensive institution," Scukanec said. "Faculty and staff care a great deal about their students and speak very highly of them, and the university community seems most hospitable."

Scukanec has served as interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Central Michigan University since July 2006 and associate dean of the same unit since 1997. She also has served as director of the McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program at Central Michigan since January 2003. From 1994-97, she was the institutional review board coordinator for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Central Michigan.

Scukanec earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University, master's degrees from Peabody College for Teachers/Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and from Central Michigan University, and a doctoral degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

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