UPDATE: The longtime director of the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development has been named the interim dean of the UI College of Education in the wake of turmoil in the college.
UI Provost Barry Butler today announced the appointment of Nicholas Colangelo as interim dean of the college, effective Dec. 15. The former dean, Margaret Crocco, submitted her resignation to Butler Monday, after a recent no-confidence vote in her leadership by faculty and other disagreements within the college.
Colangelo is the Myron and Jacqueline Blank Professor of Gifted Education and a professor of counselor education in the department of rehabilitation and counselor education. He also directs the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, which he co-founded and has directed since 1988. He recently announced plans to step down from that role this month.
“I am grateful to Professor Colangelo for agreeing to take on this important role,” Butler said in a statement today. “He is a proven leader who is deeply committed to the college’s success and its national and international profile. I know he will do an excellent job keeping the college moving forward during this interim period.”
Butler earlier this week said moving the college forward after weeks of turmoil is his main goal, and that it was too early to discuss specifics of the search for a permanent dean for the college.
Members of a faculty advisory committee in the college resigned from that committee last week, after a disagreement with Butler and other UI administrators.
Butler had asked some education faculty and staff to turn over comments from a recent survey and to delete emails of those comments, because he viewed them as a personnel matter regarding Crocco’s performance. Faculty and staff argue those survey comments should be distributed to them as part of a culture survey.
UI President Sally Mason this week said she believes Butler was acting in the best interests of the college and the dean.