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Oct. 31, 2013
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Mehring named Baker University School of Education interim dean

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University has appointed Dr. Tes Mehring to serve as interim dean of School of Education for the 2014-15 school year. Dr. Peggy Harris, the current dean of SOE, announced her upcoming retirement to the university community last weekTesforweb.

Baker hired Mehring in August 2012 as associate dean and chair of the Graduate School of Education. During her time at Baker, Mehring has been instrumental in guiding the development of the Ed.D. in Leadership in Higher Education program, a distinction for the first university in Kansas.

"I am delighted that Dr. Mehring has agreed to serve Baker University as the interim dean," said Dr. Brian Posler, executive vice president for academic affairs. "She is an experienced, accomplished administrator who is a truly gifted academic leader."

Mehring said her first goal is to continue the superb leadership provided by Harris, who first joined the university faculty in 1984. Additionally, she plans to launch a master's degree program in student affairs administration and prepare SOE for two key reaccreditation processes – the Kansas State Department of Education and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

"I have found Baker to be a very welcoming place," Mehring said. "The faculty and staff continually go above and beyond their day-to-day work expectations to pursue and sustain excellence, and the students are loyal and engaged."

Mehring's new position is effective July 1.

Mehring arrived at Baker after serving in several roles at Emporia State University for 33 years, including most recently the provost position. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.