Gary Wegenke '60 Named Dean of Western Michigan University College of Education

Gary Wegenke '60 Named Dean of Western Michigan University College of Education

April 2, 2003

April 2, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - "More than 30 years after he started his career as a mathematics teacher in South Bend, Ind., Gary L. Wegenke was chosen to head Western Michigan University's College of Education, the university announced Tuesday," notes today's Battle Creek Enquirer of the 1960 DePauw University alumnus. The paper adds, "As dean, Wegenke will lead WMU's largest professional college, the fourth-largest producer of first-time teachers in the nation. More than 5,800 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students are enrolled in the college, which offers degrees through the doctoral level."

"I'm looking forward to working in my new role and having the College of Education take a good, hard look at itself, focus on its heritage and move forward with a renewed vision," Wegenke says. The article states that "The South Bend, Indiana, native earned his undergraduate degree at DePauw University in 1961, completed master's work in physical education at Indiana University in 1964 and earned a Ph.D. in education administration in 1971 at Ohio State University."

Interim provost Elise Jorgens says Dr. Wegenke, who has served as an associate professor in WMU's college of education, "brings to the position a long and successful career in school administration, in addition to his recent work as a faculty member in the department of teaching, learning and leadership."

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