Two New Deans to Lead Realigned Schools

July 09, 2009

BOSTON, Mass. — Wheelock College welcomes two new deans to campus this summer: Dr. Louis B. Casagrande joined the college on July 6 to lead the reorganized School of Education, Social Work, Child Life and Family Studies.  Dr. Kerry A. Kerber will become the Dean of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies on August 1. The pair joins Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Shirley Malone-Fenner.

"Each of these exceptional leaders brings a profound commitment to Wheelock's mission, extensive and highly successful administrative experience, and a desire to help Wheelock grow and flourish as we navigate a future full of challenges and opportunities," said Wheelock President Jackie Jenkins-Scott.

An active anthropologist and international leader in museum management, Dr. Casagrande was most recently President and CEO of the Boston Children's Museum where he developed innovative collaborations among communities, schools, and the museum, including the creation of the Community Learning Center and an expanded Early Childhood Center.  He holds teaching positions at Bank Street College and Harvard University and is the author of several articles and books for both academic and general audiences.

Dr. Casagrande holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology with a minor in Spanish from Yale University, a master's degree in Latin American Studies from the School of International Service at American University, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota. 

Dr. Kerber joins Wheelock from the University of North Dakota where he was the Associate Dean of Continuing Education.  Over the course of his career, Dr. Kerber has held positions as Dean, Associate Dean, and Director of Graduate and Continuing Education at a variety of institutions including Bridgewater State College and Western Illinois University.  Dr. Kerber has also been an urban public school teacher and an Assistant and Associate Professor of Education. 

Dr. Kerber has experience with curriculum and program design, an array of research projects, design and delivery of online coursework and program marketing.  His scholarly work reflects an abiding commitment to diversity and multicultural education in teacher development and strengths-based family support.

Dr. Kerber holds a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Political Science from Western Michigan University, a master's degree in Educational Sociology from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations/ Educational Sociology, also from Wayne.

Their arrival coincides with a reorganization of Wheelock's schools, which puts the Education, Social Work, Child Life and Family Studies programs under one roof and combines existing graduate and continuing studies activities under a single school.

"Wheelock's programs have historically shared interdisciplinary and multicultural perspectives in building lifelong professional skills and capabilities for our graduates," said Julie Wollman, Vice President for Academic Affairs.  "Bringing all our professional programs under the new School of Education, Social Work, Child Life and Family Studies will enable us to further advance innovative interdisciplinary professional education, research and advocacy on behalf of children and families.

"Bringing graduate and continuing studies together in one school acknowledges the reality that people in professional disciplines need ongoing education as they advance their careers as practitioners and leaders, and as they adapt to ongoing changes in licensure and other professional requirements," she added.


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