Following a national search, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Kenneth M. Gold has been appointed Dean of the School of Education, effective Thursday, June 9, 2016. As most of you know, Ken has been serving ably as Interim Dean of the School since its founding in fall 2013. In the period of his interim leadership, the School has deepened the College’s relationship with K-12 schools and Education alumni on Staten Island through program grants, principals’ networks, memoranda of understanding, and CSI participation in the 30,000 Degrees Initiative; launched new programs in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages); instituted mechanisms to support student preparation for the EdTPA and the other new state certification exams; and established the Teachers Society for students. The School is currently developing a proposal for a new EdD in Community-based Leadership.

Dean Gold came to the College of Staten Island in 1995 as an Adjunct Lecturer, was appointed Assistant Professor two years later, and promoted to Associate Professor in 2003. He served as Chair of the former Department of Education in 2004 and again from 2007 to 2010. Prior to his arrival at CSI, Ken was a teacher at both John Dewey High School and Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn. He received his BA from Princeton and his MA and PhD from the University of Michigan, all in History. In addition to his book, School’s In: The History of Summer Education in American Public Schools and a co-edited historical guide to Staten Island, he has published numerous refereed articles and given a large number of professional and scholarly presentations.

I know that you join me in congratulating Ken and wishing him well in his role as Dean.

Gary W. Reichard