Ronald Werner-Wilson has been selected as the new dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education, Provost Margaret Fitzgerald announced March 23. Werner-Wilson begins his duties at NDSU on June 1.
”Dr. Werner-Wilson brings a comprehensive approach to understanding the human experience, identifying solutions to problems and promoting excellence in education. He understands the synergy and potential for interdisciplinary work in a college that includes both Human Sciences and Education, and has led efforts to enhance diversity, inclusion and respect at the University of Kentucky . He is an accomplished educator and researcher with success in securing state and federal funding. Moreover, he brings an array of academic leadership and experiences to NDSU. Please welcome him to our NDSU community,” Provost Fitzgerald said.
Werner-Wilson was chair of the Family Sciences Department at the University of Kentucky between 2007 and 2020. He is the current director of that department’s Family Interaction Research Lab and is a tenured full professor of family sciences.
Werner-Wilson earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in sociology at Georgia State University, and his doctorate in child and family development with a specialty in marriage and family therapy from the University of Georgia.
“I also want to acknowledge Dr. Jim Deal and Dr. Jill Nelson’s work as co-interim deans,” Fitzgerald said. “They have shown tremendous leadership in guiding the college since 2020. The ongoing support they have provided has been greatly appreciated by their colleagues.”
Fitzgerald also recognized the work of the search committee, led by Kimberly Wallin, professor and dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.
“The committee worked intensively to review and interview many accomplished candidates. We are grateful for the crucial role committee members played in finding our talented new dean,” Fitzgerald said.
Search committee members included:
• Kimberly Wallin, dean, College of Science and Mathematics, search committee chair
• Andrea Abrahamson, academic advisor, human sciences and education, dean’s office
• Julie Garden-Robinson, professor and Extension specialist; health, nutrition and exercise sciences
• Riley Gira, graduate student, School of Education
• Joel Hektner, department head and professor, human development and family science
• Jakelle Cornell Hoffmann, Board of Visitors, human sciences and education
• James Nyachwaya, associate professor, School of Education
• Ann Marie Ragan, senior lecturer; apparel, merchandising, interior design and hospitality management
• Yeong Rhee, department head and professor; health, nutrition and exercise sciences
• Canan Bilen-Green, ex officio, vice provost, faculty affairs and equity
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