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New Dean is Alumna

Kristine Retherford appointed dean of College of Allied Health and Nursing.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 6-1-2012

Mankato, Minn. – Kristine Retherford (pictured at right; photo courtesy of UW-Eau Claire News Bureau) has been named the new dean of the College of Allied Health and Nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato, effective Aug. 13.

Retherford’s appointment was announced this week by Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Scott Olson. Retherford succeeds Kaye Herth, who retired in August 2010. Faculty member Harry Krampf has served as interim dean since then.

Retherford, who graduated magna cum laude from Minnesota State Mankato in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology, has served as chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 2006. She has been a faculty member at UW-Eau Claire since 1980.

“We’re thrilled to have Dr. Retherford join us to lead our College of Allied Health and Nursing,” said Olson. “Her experiences in Wisconsin have prepared her well to take Minnesota State Mankato to the next level. As an alumna, she knows Mankato well, and has a great perspective on what we can do and where we can go next.”

In 2010, Retherford received UW-Eau Claire’s Jeff Oliphant Blugold Spirit Award for “enthusiastic participation in supporting the vision and mission of the university, the College of Education and Human Sciences, and the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.”

At UW-Eau Claire, in addition to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, Retherford has supervised clinical practicum in the Center for Communication Disorders and served as Director of Clinical Programs in Communication Disorders from 1988 to 1995. Prior to that, she served as Director of Graduate Students in Communication Disorders for three years.
Retherford received master’s and doctorate degrees in communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Prior to starting graduate school, Retherford worked as a public schools speech and language clinician for two years. While in graduate school, she worked as a teaching assistant and research assistant at UW-Madison, taught for one year in a state hospital and also worked as a program consultant at a mental health institute.

Retherford’s major clinical interests are normal language development, developmental language disorders, especially in the preschool population and among autistic children.

Retherford’s scholarly publications include the Guide to Analysis of Language Transcripts (third edition in 2000, and the fourth edition currently being prepared), two other publications that are in development and many others.

Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Allied Health and Nursing includes one school – the School of Nursing; and six academic departments – Dental Hygiene; Family Consumer Science; Health Science; Human Performance; Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services; and Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services. Many of the programs within the College of Allied Health and Nursing are accredited by national and/or state agencies.

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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