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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

May 7, 2010

Dr. Joyce Piveral appointed interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State Provost Dr. Doug Dunham has announced the appointment of Dr. Joyce Piveral to interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services effective July 1, 2010.

Dr. Joyce PiveralPiveral, who currently is associate professor of educational leadership, will replace Dr. Max Ruhl, who is retiring July 1.

"The College of Education and Human Services is composed of several diverse disciplines, and Joyce's teamwork approach to problem-solving, exceptional leadership skills, and professional high standards will serve us all well," Dunham said. "In fact, they made her a natural choice for the interim dean position. I have every confidence that we all will work to support Joyce as we continue our good work on behalf of our students and continue to build on the strong foundation we have inherited from the dedication and vision of retiring Dean Max Ruhl."

Piveral brings to the position vast experience and leadership in education administration, including a career in P-12 education prior to her arrival at Northwest in 2000. Most recently, Piveral has served as assistant director of the Professional Education Unit in the College of Education and Human Services. She also has chaired the department of educational leadership and served as coordinator of accreditation. Piveral joined Northwest as director of teacher education student services.

Prior to coming to Northwest, she was assistant principal at Central High School in St. Joseph, Mo. She also was principal at Fillmore C-I Junior and High School in Fillmore, Mo.

Piveral graduated from Northwest with honors in 1970, receiving a bachelor's in education. She earned her master's in secondary school administration from Northwest in 1974 and a specialist degree in educational administration from Northwest in 1982. Piveral earned her doctor of education degree in 2000 from Northwest and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

While praising Ruhl, Piveral said she looks forward to working collaboratively with all of the departments in the College of Education and Human Services and moving forward with its initiatives.

"I hope to carry on much of the good work that Dean Ruhl started and learn as much as I can about the initiatives that he has been such a supporter of," Piveral said. "He kept me very much apprised of what was going on and asked me to help lead some of the initiatives. I have big shoes to fill. He's very well thought of here at the University, throughout the state and nationally."

In the coming weeks, the University will begin its search and recruitment process for a permanent dean for the College of Education and Human Services, Dunham said. A search committee will propose a job description. The University will then advertise for the position and the committee could begin reviewing applications by mid-August.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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