FHSU selects Dr. Ed Mills as new dean of education

Dr. Guy E. "Ed" Mills, who currently serves as dean of the College of Education at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, was introduced at a news conference this morning as Fort Hays State University's choice to become its dean of the College of Education and Technology.

The appointment of Mills concludes a nationwide search. He will assume his new duties in mid-June, replacing Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, who had served for nearly a year as interim dean.

"Dr. Mills has been down just about every road we have in education," President Hammond said. "The committee was looking for a candidate who had experience as a school superintendent, experience in public education and experience at the university level. He has all three. In addition, Dr. Mills has guided a college through the accreditation process with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and our College of Education and Technology is in the midst of concluding renewal of its accreditation with NCATE."

The president thanked the members of the search committee and its chair, Dr. Tom Jackson, dean of graduate studies and research/vice provost. "The members of the committee did an outstanding job reviewing all applications," he said. "Tom told me that Ed Mills was the overwhelming choice of the search committee."

Mills said he felt privileged to accept the position of dean. "I'm honored by this opportunity to work with the faculty, staff and students at Fort Hays State. I'm looking forward to maintaining what I know is already a strong relationship with area schools and community colleges and to building on those relationships as we look to the future."

He said he was aware that people are always curious to know what a new person intends to do in the first year. "I want to spend my time getting to know people and forming the relationships that will carry us forward," he said. "I'll spend the first year meeting people and looking for opportunities."

Mills earned a bachelor of arts degree in education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, master of science and educational specialist degrees from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, and a doctor of education degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. During his career, he has been a history teacher at the high school level, an elementary/secondary principal and a superintendent of schools.

At the college level, he taught as an associate professor of education from 1993 to 1995 at South Dakota State University in Brookings and as a professor of education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He was dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Minnesota State University Moorhead from 2001 to 2003 before becoming dean of the College of Education at Pacific University in June 2003.

He has also published extensively, especially in the areas of portfolio assessment, rural education and special education law.

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