A New Leader Who's and Old Hand
William J. Baldwin has been named Interim Dean of Teachers College, replacing Darlyne Bailey, who has left to become Dean of the College of Education and Human Development and Special Assistant to the President at the University of Minnesota..
TC currently is conducting a search for a permanent replacement for Bailey. Baldwin will serve as Interim Dean until December 31, 2006, or until the end of the academic year if necessary.
An alumnus of the College, Baldwin has served as Associate Dean since 1995, and is also Associate Professor of Education of Higher and Adult Education. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Villanova University, a master's degree from the University of Toledo in English Language and Literature, and both master's and doctoral degrees from TC, where he wrote his dissertation on the goals of community colleges.
Baldwin first came to TC as a student in 1977, moving to New York City from Ohio with his wife, Karen, who was then studying midwifery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He began working for the College in 1980 as an assistant to the Provost. He has since served as Director of the Office of Institutional Studies and Planning, Assistant Provost and Director of Institutional Studies, Special Assistant to the President, and Associate Dean for Student Services. He also recorded a previous stint, in spring 1995, as Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.
"Bill is a consummate professional with an unrivaled knowledge of TC and its history," said TC President Susan Fuhrman. "He has also consistently championed the interests and needs of students. He is an ideal person to provide steady leadership during a time of many transitions."
"Many people in academia bounce from institution to institution throughout their careers, but I've been fortunate over the years in that TC has always extended me an opportunity to do something different," Baldwin said. "Each of these assignments has given me a deeper appreciation of the challenges that grad students face in juggling multiple careers and identities-'"as parents, spouses and partners; as accomplished professionals; and as students here. Enabling them to balance and integrate those is one of the most important challenges we face in helping students succeed."