For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court Appoints Dean to School of Education

Former Dean from NYIT and Fordham Appointed

Lakewood, N.J., Aug. 20, 2007—Georgian Court University has announced the appointment of a new dean of the School of Education. On August 1, Jacqueline E. Kress, Ed.D., former dean of education and professional services at New York Institute of Technology, assumed the post, where she will lead the school’s faculty and oversee undergraduate and graduate programs in pre-service and advanced preparation that prepare Georgian Court students for professional responsibilities as educators.

Dr. Kress led NYIT’s education school for five years, focusing on technology in teaching and learning and assessment practices. She also served as dean of quality assurance for NYIT’s global programs contributing significantly to the school’s Middle East and China campuses. Prior to NYIT, she served as associate dean and director of graduate studies at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education for nine years. Dr. Kress also held senior positions at the New Jersey Department of Higher Education, where she directed programs that helped colleges and universities retain students and achieve diversity goals. She also directed the state’s higher education Strategic Planning office.

In her new role at Georgian Court, one of Dr. Kress’s immediate goals is to support the School of Education’s preparation for becoming nationally accredited, a goal toward which the faculty and administration have been working for more than a year. Dr. Kress says the self-study and other accreditation-related activities will help her and the faculty examine core facets of the school and develop consensus around strategic strengths and opportunities for growth.

The Georgian Court School of Education is one of New Jersey's leading teacher and administrative preparation institutions. It offers dual teacher certification in general and special education at the undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, and graduate levels, through both standard and accelerated formats. A variety of graduate programs provides certification opportunities in administration, school counseling, and support services, and all programs are state approved and aligned with national performance standards. A new, totally online M.A. in Administration and Leadership is available for busy educators.

“Georgian Court’s School of Education is a stellar example of cutting-edge pedagogy,” says Dr. Kress. “Ahead of the curve, the school developed dual certification so that students earn both their primary certification and special education certification. That’s just one example of GCU being a leader in the field of teacher preparation,” she continues. “That makes our students the best prepared when they graduate and is the reason they are so highly sought after by employers.”

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves almost 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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