Three Women Among the Four Finalists for Dean of the College of Education at Montana State

Montana State University has announced a slate of four finalists for dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Development. Three of the four finalists are women. The candidates are being interviewed and holding public forums this week and next on the Bozeman campus.

Deborah Meyer Hill is the interim dean of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. She has been at Southern Utah since 2000 having previously served on the faculty at Wake Forest University.

Dr. Hill holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Colorado. She earned a doctorate in curriculum instruction from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Lynda Ransdell is a professor of kinesiology at Boise State University in Idaho. She also serves as president of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. She has been on the faculty at Boise State since 2004. Previously, she taught at Arizona State University, Colorado State University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Utah. Dr. Ransdell is the co-author of two books: Ensuring the Health of Active and Athletic Girls and Women and Developing Effective Physical Activity Programs.

Dr. Ransdell is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. She earned a master’s degree at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and a doctorate in exercise and wellness education from Arizona State University.

Since 2008, Patricia Wachholz has been dean of the College of Education at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia. Previously, she was associate dean for graduate studies and a professor at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Meyers.

Dr. Wachholz is a graduate of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She holds a master’s degree from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Memphis.

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