New education dean has experience at K-12, college levels

May 2 2006

The new dean of Indiana State University's College of Education has experience not only as a faculty member and administrator in higher education but also as a high school teacher, middle school administrator and school superintendent.

Bradley Balch, currently acting associate dean of the college, will take over as dean on July 1, following the retirment of Robert O. Williams.

"Indiana State University's very roots lie in teacher education. This university, its students, and indeed the K-12 schools of Indiana, are fortunate to have someone with Bradley Balch's knowledge, experience and expertise to not only build on our past tradition of excellence, but also look to the future and continue to provide the type of leadership the state has come to expect from ISU," C. Jack Maynard,ISU's provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Tuesday in announcing the appointment.

The selection of Balch drew praise from Danny Tanoos, superintendent of the Vigo County School Corp. and a member of the Indiana State Board of Education.

"Brad is the perfect person for this position. Having been a teacher, principal, superintendent and college professor has prepared him well to assume the position of Dean of the College of Education. Brad has the respect of educators at the local, state and national levels," Tanoos said. "I have been in attendance at meetings around the state and country as well as locally when Brad has made presentations. The respect he has gained from leaders from all walks of education is unmatched. It is true that you do not have to search the country over to find the best of the best - many times they are in our own back yard."

An ISU faculty member since 2001, Balch formerly served as associate professor and chair of the department of educational leadership, administration and foundations. He previously taught math at Southeast Fountain Junior/Senior High School. He also served as assistant principal at Northridge Middle School and as principal of Sommer Elementary and Tuttle Middle School, all in Crawfordsville; and was superintendent of Covington Community School Corp. He is currently president of the Covington Board of School Trustees.

"I am extremely honored to accept the dean's position. I'm especially grateful to have the opportunity to work with the college's faculty, staff, students and external partners. They are the future of this great college and together we will continue a path of pre-eminence," Balch said.

A recognized expert on educational administration and governance, Balch has made 71 professional presentations and has authored or co-authored 24 publications.

"The feedback we received about Brad from our internal and external communities during the search was universally strong. He brings strong K-12 and higher education administration experience, and we look forward to his leadership for the future of the College of Education," said Joshua Powers, assistant professor of educational leadership, administration and foundations, and chair of ISU's education dean search committee.

An Air Force veteran, Balch holds bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Ball State University. He completed his Ph.D. in educational administration at Indiana State in 1998.

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Contact: Bradley Balch, acting associate dean, ISU College of Education, (812) 237-2907 or bbalch@isugw.indstate.edu

Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University (812) 237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

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Bradley Balch, newly named dean of ISU's College of Education, has experience not only in higher education, but also as a high school teacher, middle school administrator and school superintendent.

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