Dean Okagaki to serve as interim deputy provost
Lynn Okagaki, dean of the University of Delaware College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) since 2011, has agreed to serve as interim deputy provost for academic affairs. She will fill the vacancy left by Nancy Brickhouse, who recently announced her plans to become provost at Saint Louis University in Missouri.
Brickhouse will assume her post as SLU’s chief academic officer on July 1, at which time Okagaki will officially take her seat in the provost’s office. A full-scale internal search to permanently fill the deputy provost seat will be conducted in the fall.
“During the past four years, we have made significant strides in our college, implementing a strategic plan that has balanced our budget, increased our reputation as a strong research institution and coordinated our programs and curricula to better serve the needs of our students,” said Okagaki, in her announcement to the college faculty and staff. “I want to thank each one of you for the great work you have done to advance our mission.”
When Okagaki moves into her new office at Hullihen Hall, Carol Vukelich, currently CEHD deputy dean, will take the helm of the college.
Vukelich is the L. Sandra and Bruce L. Hammonds Professor in Teacher Education, and director of the Delaware Center for Teacher Education. A recipient of the University’s Excellence in Teaching award, her research and teaching interests include children’s early literacy development and teachers’ professional development, specifically coaching and reflection strategies.
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