BOONE—Dr. Louis B. Gallien Jr. has been named dean of the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University. Gallien is dean of the School of Education and Human Services at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. He will begin his new duties July 1.
“I would like to acknowledge the great work of the search committee for the dean of the Reich College of Education,” said Provost Lori S. Gonzalez. “Teacher education is one of the cornerstones of Appalachian and the college plays a critical role in training future teachers, administrators and other professionals associated with public education.”
Gallien replaces Dr. Charles Duke, who is retiring after 18 years as the college’s dean. “On behalf of the education faculty and the entire campus, I want to thank Charlie for his fantastic service to Appalachian,” Gonzalez said. “He leaves a college that has thrived under his leadership.”
Gallien will lead a college that has more than 100 faculty members and enrolls approximately 1,700 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. The college offers degree programs at the baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctoral levels, as well as programs leading to particular certificates and licenses.
“It is a distinct honor to be selected as the next dean of the Reich College of Education,” Gallien said. “My wife and I are thrilled to be coming home to North Carolina, and Appalachian State is a perfect fit for my vision for public higher education. All the ingredients are here to engineer a unique and distinctive environment that will attract students and faculty who are interested in the profession of teaching on a global scale.”
Gallien has a Master of Arts in history and a Doctor of Education in educational policy, administration and research from UNC Greensboro.
“I was made to feel immediately at home by the warmth and intelligence of the students, the obvious student-centered approach to teaching and learning by an experienced and dedicated faculty, the consideration of staff members and the vision and energy of Provost Lori Gonzalez and Chancellor Peacock,” he said. “We look forward to joining the university community and in becoming a vital part of the narrative of the Appalachian experience.”
Gallien began his career in education as a public school teacher in Indiana. He has held collegiate-level teaching positions in Mississippi, Kentucky and Illinois.
Prior to serving as dean at Oakland University, he was the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Regent Graduate School of Education in Virginia and chairman of the Department of Higher Education Leadership and professor of urban education at Spelman College in Georgia.
“Dr. Gallien’s experiences in public schools and college classrooms, and in teacher education programs along with his leadership at the department and college levels position him well to lead the Reich College of Education. He will be an asset to the campus,” Gonzalez said.