PLNU Announces New Dean of the School of Education

Date: 
Monday, July 15, 2013

PLNU is pleased to welcome Dr. Deborah Erickson as the new dean of the School of Education. Erickson has extensive experience in Christian higher education. She will be coming to PLNU after serving 11 years at California Lutheran University as a faculty member, interim department chair, and, since 2007, assistant dean in the Graduate School of Education. In addition to her work at CLU, she has served on numerous state and national education boards and committees in key leadership roles. She was the president of the California Association of Professors of Educational Administration in 2006-07 and is currently a member of the executive board of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. She is well versed in both state and national accreditation issues and is currently serving in multiple roles with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Prior to joining CLU, Erickson served as a teacher, vice principal, principal, and district curriculum director in several K-12 districts throughout California.

Erickson received a B.A.E. (elementary education) and an M.A. (integrated study in business and psychology) from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. From there, she went on to earn another M.A. (educational administration) from CSU San Bernardino and her Ed.D. (educational administration) from University of the Pacific.

Erickson brings to PLNU a reputation as a tireless worker and skilled leader as well as an excellent record of scholarship, professional engagement, and community service.

“We are very grateful to the faculty and staff in the School of Education for continuing during this interim period to build on the progress that we have made over the past few years leading up to our NCATE accreditation,” said PLNU provost Dr. Kerry Fulcher. “I especially want to thank Dr. Carol Leighty for stepping in as the interim dean and doing much more than maintaining our programs and processes but actually moving us forward in them. It is on this good foundation that we welcome our new dean. I am excited to have Dr. Erickson joining us at PLNU and look forward to her strategic leadership that will help our School of Education to continue to offer quality programs that meet the needs of the K-12 communities that we serve.

Erickson will begin her duties at PLNU on August 19.