Dr. Katherine Kasten, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida for the last nine years, has announced that she will resign her post effective Aug. 3 to return to teaching.
With re-accreditation of the college on the horizon in the spring, Kasten said the timing was right for a new leader in the position. “This has been a wonderful experience both personally and professionally but I’m looking forward to having an opportunity to do the writing and research I have not been able to do as dean,” she said.
Under Kasten’s leadership, the college has increased the number of faculty from 47 to 55, increased grants and contracts from $1 million to $2 million annually and increased external gifts from $18,500 to $600,000 last year.
“We have an exceptionally strong faculty and the new dean will have many challenges and opportunities to expand on the foundation that has been built,” she said.
Kasten is the sixth dean of the College of Education and Human Services. She joined UNF in 1988 as a department chair and associate professor. She served as acting associate dean of the college for one year and as acting dean for two years before being named dean in summer of 1997. She began her career in education as an English teacher in high schools and junior high schools in Wisconsin and Michigan.
Prior to joining UNF, she was an assistant and associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She has a bachelor or arts degree from Wartburg College, a master of arts degree from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
A search committee has been established to find Kasten’s successor.
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