Planned For WIU President, Former COEHS Dean
Western's current president and former dean
of the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) will be
honored at a retirement celebration from 4-6 p.m. Friday, May
3 in the Union Grand Ballroom.
David R. Taylor will be recognized
for his years of service and contributions to the University.
Taylor will retire and step down from the president's post June
30, a role he assumed Dec. 8 when Donald Spencer retired. The
campus community and Macomb-area community members are invited
to attend the retirement celebration, which will be hosted by
the President's Office and the College of Education and Human
Services. Taylor will speak briefly at 5 p.m.
Taylor has been dean of Western's COEHS
since 1979. Prior to that appointment he served as assistant dean
of education at Western Michigan University. For the past two
decades at WIU, Taylor has been actively involved with interactive
distance learning projects and integrating technology into education
at all levels of instruction. He has supported Western's participation
in a teacher education pilot program initiated by the Illinois
State Board of Education, which places WIU pre-service teachers
into field training in diverse educational areas.
He was instrumental in establishing the
Western Illinois University-Illinois State Board of Education
Satellite Network and is vice chair of the United Star Distance
Learning Consortium serving as director of the Star Schools Engaged
Learning Project. Taylor serves as a consultant to the Governor's
Illinois Technology Team, serves on the Illinois State Coalition
for Technology and has been appointed to the AACTE Technology
in Teacher Education Committee.
He also is a member of the Apple Computer
Deans Roundtable. Taylor worked with the Illinois legislature
to establish guidelines for the use of distance learning technologies,
and he works with corporations, educational institutions and government
agencies to incorporate technologies to deliver satellite and
asynchronous instruction to urban and rural areas. Taylor has
served as secretary, regional coordinator and regional representative
to the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities
and as a trustee of Spoon River College.