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Deans appointed at Chadron State College

June 28, 2006

The deans who will head the three schools at Chadron State College have been selected following national searches.

They include Dr. Margaret Crouse, who has been associated with Chadron State since 1979 and has been a dean 11 years. She will lead the School of Education, Human Performance, Counseling, Psychology and Social Work.

The other new deans are Dr. Charles Snare, School of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Gary White, School of Business, Economics, Applied and Mathematical Sciences. They will begin their duties Aug. 1.

Snare comes to Chadron State after three years as assistant director for academic affairs at Matanuska Susitna College, a two-year institution located at Palmer, Alaska, and a part of the University of Alaska at Anchorage

White has been at Dickinson State University in North Dakota for 13 years, including the past 11 as chair of the Department of Agriculture and Technical Studies.

Dr. Janie Park, president of Chadron State, said the appointment of the deans completes the restructuring of the collegeís academic areas from two schools to three. She said the restructuring will provide greater support for faculty and students. Park added that the job descriptions for the deans reflect increased emphasis in strategic planning, accreditation, assessment, fund-raising and special initiatives, including marketing of programs.

Crouse is a native of Kansas and earned her bachelorís degree from Kansas State University and her masterís and doctorís degrees from Oklahoma State University. All three degrees are in home economics.

She initially taught family and consumer science courses at Chadron State. From 1993-2002, she was dean of the School of Business and Applied Sciences and has been interim dean of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies the past two years.

In 1987, Crouse received the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award. She also has received the Outstanding Vocational Educator Award from the Nebraska Vocational Education Association and the Leader Award from the Nebraska Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Snare is a native of Ohio. He earned his bachelorís degree in psychology from Antioch College at Yellow Springs, Ohio, and his masterís and doctorís degrees in political science from Ohio State University.

Prior to going to Alaska in 2003, he was on the faculty 11 years at Middle Georgia College, serving as coordinator of the Political Science Department the final four years. He participated in a Fulbright-Hays Professional Development Program that visited South Africa in 2001 and has been editor of the International Journal of Peace Studies since 1999.

Snareís wife, Karen, has been an elementary teacher.

White grew up on a farm in Iowa and earned his bachelorís degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in agriculture education. He earned his masterís degree and doctorate from Iowa State.

He taught agriculture in Iowa high schools for 17 years before earning his doctorate and then going to Dickinson State. White has extensive experience in developing global understanding and international exchange programs, particularly as they relate to agriculture in Eastern European countries.

In 2002, White received the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award at Dickinson State and in 2003 received the University Educator of the Year Award from the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce.

Whiteís wife, Anne, has been on the early childhood and special education faculty at Dickinson State. The couple has four adult children.

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