Interim dean of College of Education named

July 16, 2015 | News, UToday, Judith Herb College of Education
By Meghan Cunningham

An educator with 26 years of service to The University of Toledo has been named interim dean of the Judith Herb College of Education.



Dr. Virginia Keil, executive associate dean, will lead the college while a search is conducted for a permanent dean. Dr. Penny Poplin Gosetti is stepping down to return to the faculty in the Higher Education Program.

“Penny has been an excellent leader and I appreciate her service, while at the same time commend her interest in being more actively involved in the advancements of her discipline,” Interim Provost and Executive Vice President John Barrett said. “Ginny is the right person to move the college forward during this transition as we continue to advance the college as a frontrunner in the training of tomorrow’s teachers.”

Keil joined the University in 1989 as a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. During her UT career, she served as associate dean of undergraduate education and director of teacher education before being named to her current role in 2013.

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve the college as we work to obtain successful accreditation in 2016, to recruit and retain a diverse faculty and student body, to develop strong relationships with schools and community agencies to put research into practice and to develop 21st century educators, and to create innovative national and international partnerships,” Keil said.

Poplin Gosetti, who had served as the college’s dean since November and was interim dean the previous year, wrote in an email to the college’s faculty and staff that “some opportunities have arisen in my home program that are too enticing to pass up.”

Keil holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction and a master’s in secondary education from The University of Toledo and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a focus on English from Bowling Green State University.

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