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Barnes named dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences

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Paul Barnes will start as SDSU's dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences in July.

South Dakota State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dennis Hedge announced today Paul Barnes has been chosen the dean of SDSU’s College of Education and Human Sciences. The announcement comes after a national search.

Barnes currently is a professor and associate dean in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. For the past 21 years, Barnes has worked at UNO where he has also served as the counseling department chairperson and assistant vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Barnes join South Dakota State University,” Hedge said. “Paul’s professional background and leadership experience make him an ideal candidate to serve as the College of Education and Human Sciences’ next dean. There are exciting days ahead for the college and I look forward to working with Paul to advance several key programs and initiatives.”

Barnes is a noted scholar, author and national presenter on numerous topics that include counseling techniques, technology in teaching and methods for enhancing student success. He has also received a campuswide teaching award and been honored with a distinguished professorship, in addition to his experience with accreditors, including the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

“I am both humbled and excited to serve as dean for the College of Education and Human Sciences and to be welcomed into the Jackrabbit family at SDSU,” Barnes said. “I have been impressed throughout my experiences with the passion of the staff, faculty and campus leaders and anxiously await the coming opportunities to serve the students and citizens of South Dakota.”

Barnes received his Bachelor of Science and doctorate degrees from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and his master’s degree from UNO. He started at UNO after spending 10 years as a teacher and school counselor with the Millard Public Schools in Omaha.

Barnes will begin his tenure at SDSU July 6. He replaces Jill Thorngren, who announced in October she would be leaving SDSU to build her private counseling practice in Bozeman, Montana.