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Dean, School of Education Bloomington, IN

Indiana University-Bloomington (IUB) has selected Dr. Lemuel W. Watson as the next Dean of the School of Education, effective on August 1, 2018.

Dr. Watson joins IUB from the University of South Carolina. He is currently professor of education and executive director of the Center for Innovation in Higher Education. He had previously served as dean of the College of Education and director of the South Carolina Center for Educational Partnerships. Prior to his time in South Carolina, Watson was dean of the College of Education at Northern Illinois University and dean for the Division of Academic Support at Heartland College.

Watson has been awarded the U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Fellowship by the International Research and Exchanges Board to conduct research on the impact of the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. He was a senior research fellow at the Charles H. Houston Center at Clemson University and a research fellow at the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina. He is a Fulbright Scholar to Belarus, and he has written articles and books and served as editor for several volumes related to organizational behavior, educational leadership and administration, human development, public policy, K-12 issues, and higher education.

He is widely published on topics including retention of Hispanic and African-American undergraduate students and cultural differences in student learning and development. He hosts a television program about education and serves on a number of professional and community boards. He has provided workshops and professional development opportunities to executives, teachers and administrators in the U.S. and in countries including Thailand, the Philippines, Belarus, China, England, Finland, South Korea, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia and Mexico.

Watson received his doctoral degree in higher education and policy at IU, his master's degree in adult and student development at Ball State University, and his bachelor's degree in management at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

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