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CMU Education and Human Services Building 2018

Provost names interim education, human services dean

Kirby to assume college leadership duties July 1

Contact: Heather Smith


Mug-2016H-553-001-Elizabeth Kirby-EHS.jpgMichael Gealt, executive vice president and provost at Central Michigan University, has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Kirby as interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services. Kirby will begin her leadership duties July 1, 2018. She replaces ​Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, who has been named president of Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Kirby, senior associate dean of the college and director of professional education, joined CMU as a faculty member in the educational leadership department in 2004. She then served as chair of the department before being named associate dean of EHS in 2012 and senior associate dean/director of professional development in 2014. She also served as acting dean in 2016-17 while Pehrsson served as a fellow with the American Council on Education.

Kirby earned her doctoral degree in education and master’s degree in reading from CMU. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Drake University.

Kirby is active in teacher education at the state level, including involvement with the Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, of which she is currently serving as past president. She also provides oversight for STEM education in EHS.

As EHS interim dean, Kirby will be responsible for the leadership and operation of the college.

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