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Morris appointed interim dean of WVU College of Education and Human Services

An award-winning teacher and researcher who has served in several leadership roles at  West Virginia University will guide the  College of Education and Human Services as interim dean, an appointment that will likely encompass the next academic year. 

Tracy Morris
Tracy Morris

Tracy Morris steps into the role upon the departure of Dean  Gypsy Denzine, who was recently  namedsenior vice provost for faculty affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Provost  Joyce McConnell made the announcement Thursday, July 26. 

“Tracy brings tremendous breadth of experience in administration to this important role,” McConnell said. “The faculty and staff of our College of Education and Human Services are engaged in work that measurably and demonstrably improves lives, whether by preparing the next generation of teachers, exploring new treatments for communication disorders or training counselors and addiction specialists. They deserve transitional leadership that is both inclusive and forward-thinking, and I am confident that Tracy will provide that direction.”

Morris joined the WVU faculty in 1993. She served as chair of the  Department of Psychology from 2010-2013, associate dean for Research, Graduate Studies, and Outreach for the  Eberly College of Arts and Sciences from 2013-2017 and interim director for the  School of Social Work from 2016-2017. She currently serves as the Eberly College’s senior adviser for leadership development and special initiatives.

McConnell noted that the University is deeply grateful to Denzine for her years of service to WVU in several leadership roles. The entire campus community is invited to celebrate her this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. in the rooftop lounge of the  Evansdale Crossing.

She said that the University will likely conduct a national search for a new dean in fall 2019.