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Jean Haar named College of Education Dean, effective July 1

Jean Haar has been named the new dean of the College of Education at Minnesota State Mankato, effective July 1.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-18-12]

Jean Haar has been named the new dean of the College of Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato, effective July 1. Haar’s appointment was announced this week by Provost and Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs Scott R. Olson.

Haar has served as interim dean of the College of Education since 2010. She has been a professor in the Educational Leadership Department since 2002, serving as department chair for one year. She attend the Bryn Mawr Summer Institute in 2006.

Haar received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in educational administration from South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. She received her doctorate in administration, curriculum and instruction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Haar as the Dean of our College of Education,” said Olson in announcing the appointment. “She is the best possible leader we could have to ensure that our students are well-prepared for the future. Dr. Haar has built outstanding partnerships that solidified our reputation as a statewide leader and that give us national recognition. We know we can look forward to continued excellence and new great initiatives from our College of Education in the future under her leadership.”

Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport echoed Olson’s remarks.

“Dr. Haar has made significant contributions to the success of our students and University,” said Davenport. “She is highly respected among her colleagues and has demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic planning vision and commitment to students. I’m pleased that she has been selected as our next dean of the College of Education.”

Haar said she looked forward to serving as the College of Education’s permanent dean.
“I am excited to serve as dean of the College of Education and to nurture the legacy of excellence established within the college,” said Haar. “We have a dedicated faculty and staff who are passionate about making a difference. This position allows me to support their passion and sustain a culture that honors our mission and purpose to meet children, family, and community needs.”

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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