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FAU Names New Dean of College of Education

              BOCA RATON , FL (June 10, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University Provost John Pritchett recently named Dr. Valerie Bristor as the university’s new dean for the College of Education.  Responsible for overseeing a college which houses nearly 125 faculty members in seven academic departments with 26 degree programs and more than 3,000 students, Bristor brings institutional knowledge, experience and expertise to the position.

“I am excited about working with faculty, staff and students, and continuing the College’s mission to serve the community of FAU,” said Bristor.  “Under my leadership, the College will continue to emphasize effective partnerships through a variety of collaborative projects and initiatives to improve schooling and educational outcomes.”

Bristor has served as the interim dean and a professor for the College since 2008, after serving as the senior associate dean for two years. Previous to this position, Bristor served as the associate dean of the College, as well as a department chair and an assistant professor of reading and language arts following her arrival to FAU in 1988.

In her new position, Bristor will have oversight of the A.D. Henderson University Schools, Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development, Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, and Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition. She also will collaborate with seven school boards, three community colleges, several private institutions, and a wide variety of public and private entities in regional initiatives and programs. 

            “Valerie Bristor has proven herself to be an effective leader throughout her 20 years here at FAU. In her new role, we know she will excel and help the College of Education fulfill its academic goals,” said Pritchett.  “We have high expectations for Valerie and are sure that she will work hard to realize those expectations.”  

Bristor earned her doctoral degree in elementary education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, master’s degree in elementary education from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama and an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri.

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