English Professor Susan Frye has been named the next Dean of UW's Outreach School.

According to a UW release, the longtime UW faculty member and current English Professor Susan Frye will be the University's next Dean of the Outreach School. The release goes onto say Frye will succeed Maggie Murdock at the start of the fall semester of 2013.

“I couldn't be more pleased with the slate of candidates whom we interviewed, and I’m delighted that Susan is willing to take on a leadership role that is so pivotal to higher education in Wyoming,” says UW Provost Myron Allen, who announced Frye’s appointment this week.

The University says Frye is an expert in Renaissance Studies and written many books and articles in the field. The release goes onto say that Frye came to UW in 1986 after earning a Ph.D. at Stanford University. The release states Frye has won many awards in her time at UW including the Ellbogen Award for Meritorious Classroom Teaching, served as chair of the Faculty Senate and as head of the English Department along with being named a Fellow of the American Council of Education.

The UW release says the Outreach School consists of many regional centers such as throughout Wyoming, Technology Services, the UW/Casper College Center, Credit Programs, and Wyoming Public Media. The University says UW's International Programs Office is now part of the Outreach School. The Outreach School combined with this day's technology, classes are offered to thousands of students across the state and around the world. The UW/CC Center offers 17 undergraduate and 13 graduate different kinds of programs, with current enrollment of about 350 students.

Frye says “I am deeply committed to our land-grant mission to provide all Wyoming citizens with educational opportunities and academic programs that meet the highest standards of excellence.” The release says Frye has taught many courses in the Outreach School along with being a seasoned English Professor. She added, “The technology and expectations of distance education are changing rapidly in the nation and around the world. “We need to steer a steady course through these changes, making sure that we keep up with the times but that we retain a firm sense of our mission to provide affordable, accessible forms of high-quality education to Wyoming citizens as well as to people beyond our borders.”


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