Special to the Register
Dr. Bill Phillips has announced his intention to step down as dean of Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Education, effective June 30, 2013, and return to the classroom.
Phillips, who has held the position since joining EKU in 2006, will teach in the College’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and direct the Center for Educational Research in Appalachia, beginning July 1.
“The College of Education has made tremendous strides under Dr. Phillips’ leadership these past six years,” said EKU Provost Dr. Janna Vice.
During Phillips’ tenure, the College launched a doctoral degree program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, the university’s first doctoral degree; earned reaffirmation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); added a fully online master of arts in education degree program; created a network of regional extension agents; and established the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreter Education, which advanced the University as a national leader in that growing field.
“Since its establishment in 1906 as a normal school for the preparation of schoolteachers, Eastern has been a state leader in the advancement of K-12 education, often on the forefront of innovation,” Vice said. “That commitment to excellence by our College of Education is just as strong today.”
Dr. John Wade, dean of EKU’s College of Arts and Sciences, will head a search committee that will seek to nominate Phillips’ successor.