PSU recently completed the formation of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. The deans of the two colleges, along with Dean Trent Boggess of the College of Business Administration, established in 2010, will play a significant role in development of new financial resources through outreach, creation of partnerships, and fundraising.
Dr. Cynthia Vascak, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is a nationally recognized art teacher, scholar, and administrator who has served as chair of the Department of Art at PSU and as coordinator of the Art Education program. She has experience with program development, having led initiatives such as the creation of the Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) degree, and received federal funding for arts projects in New Hampshire schools. A leader who works across academic fields and has developed innovative partnerships across the state, Vascak has significant experience in higher education and accreditation and was selected to participate in a yearlong think tank where New England academic leaders came together to discuss important issues.
Dr. Gail Mears, dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, is a teacher, researcher, and administrator nationally renowned for her work in the field of mental health counseling, who has served most recently as the chair of the Counselor Education and School Psychology department. Mears is a licensed clinical mental health counselor with over 30 years experience in the mental health field. She has worked in community mental health, family services, and private practice, and has provided counseling services to University students through the Counseling and Human Relations Center.
The development of the three colleges will provide greater opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, more community engagement, and increased support for research, scholarships, and internships. The deans have just returned from China where they recruited students and explored partnerships with five Chinese universities to expand the academic opportunities for PSU students as the global marketplace expands.