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MU Provost Announces Education Dean's Intent to Resign

May 19, 2008

Story Contact:  Christian Basi, (573) 882-4430,

COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri Provost Brian Foster announced today that Carolyn Herrington, dean of the MU College of Education, will resign effective Aug. 1. Foster said that he would immediately initiate an accelerated internal process to name an interim dean, and will initiate a full-scale national search to fill the dean's position in the fall.

“I’m really sorry to see her go. She has been a wonderful dean and a great asset to Mizzou,” Foster said. “She’s been an active and contributing member of deans’ council, and I wish her the very best. We’ll be working on finding the best candidate to replace her right away.”

Herrington has been at Mizzou since 2005. Prior to joining MU, she was associate dean of academic affairs for the College of Education at Florida State University, and was professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

“It has been an honor to serve as dean of such a great College of Education,” Herrington said. “However, for some time, I have wanted to be closer to my family in Florida. I’m going to miss all of my colleagues here, and I’ll be working to help make the transition seamless.”

 Herrington received her bachelor's degree in English, master's degree in French and doctorate in languages and literature, all from the University of Florida. She also served as vice president of the American Educational Research Association, where she directed the policy and politics division.