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May 29, 2002

Interim dean selected for College of Education

California State University, Sacramento President Donald R. Gerth today announced the appointment of Michael Lewis as dean for the College of Education on an interim basis. The appointment is effective on July 1, although he will begin engaging in work at the College level immediately.

Lewis has a doctorate in special education and a master's degree in special education of the emotionally handicapped from Columbia University; a master's degree in special education of the emotionally handicapped from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a bachelor's degree in English from Cornell University.

Lewis has many years of experience on the faculties of California State University, Sacramento and Teachers College, Columbia University. His initial appointment as a faculty member at CSUS was in 1981. Since then he has served as professor and for 12 years as department chair for special education, rehabilitation and school psychology, as well as special projects coordinator in the College. Currently he is the director of the California State University Subject Matter Study.

He has worked closely with the campus community to put "Year Round Operations" in place. As department chair he worked with faculty, staff and community partners in the redesign and re-accreditation of special education programs that involved working with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. He was instrumental in establishing the first tenure track position in American Sign Language Studies. He is published in the areas of intercultural competence, behavior disorders and career education.

Professor Lewis has served as chapter president for the Council for Exceptional Children and president of the California Association of Professors of Special Education. Lewis has served on an advisory committee for the Certificate Program/Learning Disability Specialists for the California Community Colleges and on a task force on Recruitment and Retention in Special Education for the California Department of Education.

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