Kim Winter, former associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Education and Allied Professions, now has a much shorter job title. That’s because Winter was approved in April by the executive committee of the WCU Board of Trustees to take on the role of dean, succeeding Dale Carpenter, who returned to a faculty position July 1. Winter had been serving as associate dean since 2012.

As associate dean, director of WCU’s teacher and professional education programs and professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, Winter had proven herself up to the task of leading the academic unit that is tied most closely to WCU’s founding as a teacher preparatory institution, Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar said.

“This is an especially critical time for the College of Education and Allied Professions as we prepare to launch the Catamount School this fall and as we continue to work to help solve a growing teacher shortage facing our state,” Morrison-Shetlar said. “Dr. Winter’s familiarity with these issues, as well as her experiences in the allied fields of human services and psychology, will allow her to hit the ground running on day one in the dean’s office.”

Winter said her varied roles as a public school teacher, university faculty member, program coordinator, associate chair, intern, fellow, administrator and parent make her “uniquely suited” to serve as dean. “I have learned so much in the nearly five years I have been here. It is my belief that you learn to become a leader and continue to learn in your role. It is not an easy task to quantify all that I have learned during this time, but know this – the learning never stops,” she said.