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UI College of Education dean named to similar post at University of Minnesota

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Steven R. Yussen, dean of the University of Iowa College of Education since 1991, has been named the new dean of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, both universities announced Friday, Feb. 27.

Yussen, who also will be a tenured faculty member in the Institute of Child Development at Minnesota, will assume his new duties in September. The appointments are subject to the approval of the Minnesota Board of Regents.

"I have enjoyed working with all the faculty, students and staff of the University of Iowa College of Education during the past seven-plus years," Yussen said. "I think the College is in a strong and healthy position now, and I hope my colleagues share my pride in the many things we have accomplished since 1991."

"Leaving Iowa will not be easy because Suzann and I have enjoyed the campus community, the friends we have made here and the rich cultural life of Iowa City," Yussen said. "On the other hand, I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the College of Education at the University of Minnesota and working with colleagues in the Institute of Child Development, one of the premier graduate programs in the country."

Yussen, who received his doctorate in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota in 1973, succeeds Charles Hopkins, professor and chair of the Department of Work, Community, and Family Education at Minnesota, who has been serving as interim dean of the college.

Provost Jon Whitmore expressed regret at Yussen's announcement.

"Steve Yussen has been an outstanding administrator and leader of the College of Education," Whitmore said. "We have been fortunate to have someone of his caliber and commitment guiding the College for the past seven years."

Yussen took over as dean of the UI College of Education in January 1991. He came to the UI from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he had been on the faculty since 1972 and served as chair of the department of educational psychology.

Specializing in research on child development, particularly cognitive development and the development of memory and comprehension skills, Yussen is the author of numerous articles and several books, was associate editor of the journal "Child Development," and a recipient of both Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships.

While at the UI, he served as vice president of the Holmes Group, a national consortium of nearly 100 research universities dedicated to the improvement of teacher education programs.

Most recently, he led an effort to create a statewide Reading Recovery program to boost the skills of first-graders who are having trouble learning to read. The program, which began July 1, received $99,000 from the state legislature and aims to increase the number of trained Reading Recovery teachers in Iowa from the current 300 to about 1,000 by the year 2001.

The College of Education, which tied for 15th best nationally in last week's rankings from U.S. News and World Report, currently enrolls about 1,200 undergraduates, all of whom also are enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts, and 922 graduate students.

Nearly 100 full-time faculty members teach students in the college's four divisions. The College offers more than 35 degree programs as well as certification and licensure opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Bachelor degrees are offered in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts.