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Marcelle Haddix selected as next dean of the School of Education

Marcelle Haddix has been chosen as the next dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education, replacing Diana Hess as head of one of the nation’s educational institutions ranked at the top education schools.

The dean serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the School of Education, with responsibilities ranging from personnel, budget and fundraising.

Haddix currently serves as the associate provost for strategic initiatives from Syracuse University, where she held numerous leadership positions over 16 years. She also served two terms as chair of the Reading and Language Arts Department at the Syracuse School of Education.

“I know well the tradition of excellence and innovation that consistently positions the School of Education as one of the highest ranked in the country, and I am excited about the academic strategic priorities that will further advance and support its commitment to leading with excellence,” Haddix said in one press release Thursday.

Haddix’s selection followed a leadership search sparked by Hess’ departure announced in October she would leave her leadership position and return to a faculty role. The searchconducted by the UW-Madison Provost’s Office and the Chicago-based executive search firm Witt Kiefferasked for feedback from students and held several listening sessions in the spring.

She holds several degrees in education from Boston College, Cardinal Stritch University and Drake University and is a distinguished scholar in literacy and teacher education, with a particular focus on the experiences of students and teachers of color.

Additionally, Haddix shared her ties to Madison, as she was born in the city, and her parents met as students at UW-Madison.

“I come from a family of Black women educators who are beacons of fundamental change in their communities,” Haddix said. “While I appreciate the life and career I have built on the East Coast, I look forward to this opportunity that connects me to the work being done in the place I consider home.”

Haddix takes over at a time of expanded opportunity for the School of Education.

Since 2015, the School of Education has also had this increased bachelor’s and master’s degrees by about 25%, expanded faculty grants and “dramatically” increased grant support for students, according to the university.

Haddix will do that officially start as dean on August 11. Her faculty appointment will be in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Hess remains responsible for the Discussion projecta professional development curriculum established during her tenure that promotes professional development.

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Gavin Escott

Gavin Escott is the campus news editor for the Daily Cardinal. He has covered protests, breaking news and written in depth about Wisconsin politics and higher education. He is the former producer of the Cardinal Call podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @gav_escott.

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