Dr. Mitchell S. Sakofs Named Wheelock Dean

May 15, 2013

Dr. Mitchell SakofsFollowing a nationwide search, Dr. Mitchell S. Sakofs has been named Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Programs at Wheelock College, effective August 1, 2013. Sakofs currently serves as Dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Central Connecticut State University.

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Sakofs as Dean of Wheelock's newly-reorganized School of Graduate and Professional Programs," said Joan V. Gallos, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Leadership. "Mitch brings seasoned academic leadership in a school with diverse professional programs, as well as achievements in the full scope, role, and responsibilities of a dean. A distinguished scholar in the area of experiential education, Mitch is a successful administrator with a strong record of working closely with faculty, staff, and community partners to prepare students to be skilled professionals and global citizens."

Dr. Sakofs will lead a School that brings together Wheelock's graduate and undergraduate programs in Education, Child Life, Family Studies, Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy, Leadership and Policy, and Social Work. The School is home to more than 500 undergraduate and 460 graduate students in degree, certificate, and professional programs seeking to enhance their skills and knowledge, advance careers, and make a difference in the lives of children and families.

Sakofs says that he was attracted to position "because of Wheelock's excellent reputation and mission; however, the people I met while interviewing helped me see clearly that the match was right. I could not only be of service, but I had found an academic home."

Under his tenure as Dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Central Connecticut State University, Dr. Sakofs provided leadership to more than 80 full time faculty and administrators in eight academic departments and three administrative offices. He established a unified strategic vision for the school, developed a broad array of student success initiatives, expanded international programming, and created an environment supportive of faculty scholarship. Sakofs also launched pioneering entrepreneurial programming, including new graduate programs responsive to community needs in education and in nursing. His career experiences include appointments as Associate Professor and Director of Field Experiences at Eastern Connecticut State University, as a consultant for the Panasonic Foundation and the Connecticut Center for School Change, as the Director of Special Projects at the Outward Bound National Headquarters, and as a science teacher in New York State.

Dr. Sakofs holds a B.S. Ed in Nature Interpretation from the State University of New York, an M.S. Ed in Curriculum & Instruction from Northern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Social and Multicultural Foundations of Education and Experiential Education from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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