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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 30, 2010

Dr. Joyce Piveral named dean of College of Education and Human Services

Joyce Piveral

Dr. Joyce Piveral

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Dr. Joyce Piveral has been named Northwest Missouri State University's dean of the College of Education and Human Services, the University's Provost Dr. Doug Dunham announced today.

Noting the challenges that teachers and administrators are facing to educate children in preschool through 12th grade, Dunham said Piveral has the experience and qualities needed to lead Northwest's teacher education programs into the future.

"Dr. Piveral has the experience, historical perspective, and collaborative leadership style to coordinate a reasoned, thoughtful response to these challenges," Dunham said. "Of course, Northwest's faculty and staff already know this, and I am confident our area P-12 administrators who don't know Dr. Piveral will quickly come to appreciate these and other qualities that make her a great leader.

As Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Piveral will serve as the leader of five academic departments that represent diverse disciplines, as well as the Horace Mann Laboratory School.

"Dean Piveral recognizes this diversity, through its cross-functional teams and other interdisciplinary opportunities, strengthens our programs and positions the College to make significant contributions toward increasing the success of our students," Dunham said.

Said Piveral, "I'm really excited to be the next dean of the College of Education and Human Services. I am just looking forward to continuing the good things we're doing at Northwest and supporting people in the departments as well as across the University and carrying on the good work in these challenging but exciting times."

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.

Piveral, who had been serving as interim dean of the college, fills the position left vacant after Dr. Max Ruhl announced his retirement last spring. The University formed a search committee that included varied members of Northwest's staff and faculty to find Ruhl's successor.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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