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Saddler: COEHS Dean

April 14, 2011

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MACOMB, IL -- Sterling Saddler, professor and vice president of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), has been named dean of Western Illinois University's College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), effective July 1, according to WIU Provost and Academic Vice President Jack Thomas.

Saddler replaces Nick DiGrino, who has served as dean since July 1, 2009, and as interim dean previously.

Saddler has served as professor and vice president of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nevada since 2010. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Workforce Development and Occupational Research. Previously, he served as interim associate dean in the College of Education from 2007-2010 and as chair of the educational leadership department from 2005-2007. He has also served as the department's assistant chair.

Prior to joining the UNLV faculty in 1998, Saddler served as the assistant dean and dean of academic affairs at Center City Business Institute in Syracuse, NY (1993-1995); taught in the Syracuse City School District (1991-1993); and was an accountant for the Urban League of Onondaga, Syracuse (1988-1991). He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1983-89.

"Dr. Saddler's experience and leadership will build on the exceptional work of Dean Nick DiGrino to continue to move Western's College of Education and Human Services forward," Thomas said. "He brings outstanding academic credentials and strong administrative experience to Western Illinois University."

He has authored and co-authored numerous articles for academic publications. Saddler is the founder, reviewer and co-editor of the Center for Workforce Development Research and School to Careers newsletter, and he has presented at professional conferences throughout the world.

Saddler is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for Higher Education, the American Education Research Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the Association for Career and Technical Education. He was a Fulbright-Hays Scholar (2000), and he received the National Association for Multicultural Education Award (2001).

Saddler received his doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University; his master's from The State University of New York (Oswego); and his bachelor's from Tuskegee University.

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