New College of Education Dean Named

Friday, March 21, 2008

Dr. Kim K. Metcalf, who began his career as a high school music teacher, has accepted the position of dean of the College of Education effective July 1, 2008. Metcalf has been employed at West Georgia as director of The Evaluation Center in the COE since July 2006 and will serve as dean of the college after Dean Kent Layton completes his service on June 30.

Dr. Kim K. Metcalf, who began his career as a high school music teacher, has accepted the position of dean of the College of Education effective July 1, 2008. Metcalf has been employed at West Georgia as director of The Evaluation Center in the COE since July 2006 and will serve as dean of the college after Dean Kent Layton completes his service on June 30.Dr. Thomas Hynes made the announcement on March 13 after the Search Committee presented their final candidates.

“Leadership, to be successful, requires the support of those who will make a vision for excellence come alive,” said Hynes. “I know I speak for many in saying that we are excited in helping Dr. Metcalf build upon the foundation for excellence already in place in the College of Education. We support Dean Layton as he continues to serve and enhance the learning efforts of college and university students, faculty, and staff.

Metcalf earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.; and earned his master’s and doctorate in teacher education and educational research/evaluation at Ohio State University.

Before accepting the position at West Georgia, Metcalf spent two years as director of Assessment and Gifted Talented Programs at the Monroe County Community School Corporation in Bloomington, Indiana.  He was a member of the faculty of the School of Education at Indiana University from 1991 to 2004 where he also directed the Teacher Education Laboratory and the Indiana Center for Evaluation. He began his career as a high school music teacher in 1981.

UWG President Beheruz N. Sethna said Metcalf would be an asset to the college.

“Dr. Kim Metcalf has excellent credentials to be the next Dean of the College of Education,” said Sethna. “I am excited about his building on the successes the college has already demonstrated and taking it to a new level.”

The COE enrolls 2,945 students in education and counseling programs, including West Georgia’s first doctoral program, the Ed.D. in School Improvement.

In 2007, the COE initiated an annual Learning Festival for K-12 teachers and joined the National Writing Project through the Cherokee Rose Writing Project, a professional development program to train teachers in writing instruction. Also in the Fall of 2007, services to provide speech, language, and hearing services to families throughout the region were enhanced through the expansion of the Comprehensive Community Clinic.