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Marvin Lynn, expert on race and education, to lead PSU’s Graduate School of Education

Marvin Lynn, professor and dean of the School of Education at Indiana University South Bend and an internationally recognized expert on race and education, is the new dean of Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education.

He will begin his position on July 1, replacing current dean, Randy Hitz.

“Dean Hitz has made an enormous impact on education in our state, and we are delighted to have Marvin continue that legacy as our new dean of the Graduate School of Education. Marvin’s higher education experience, his work with schools and his involvement with educational issues at the national level make him an exceptional addition to Portland State,” said Sona Andrews, PSU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

At Indiana University, Lynn led a reorganization of the School of Education, brought greater focus on marketing and recruitment for diversity—which resulted in enrollment growth—and revamped the school’s mission and vision. During his tenure, the school established a community mental health counseling clinic and developed community-based laboratory schools serving the needs of underserved elementary and middle school students in two school districts.

Prior to Indiana University, Lynn served as associate dean for teacher education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, was a an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Maryland at College Park, and worked for several years as an elementary and middle school teacher in Chicago and New York City.

“Portland State University’s vibrant urban mission and commitment to equity provides an exciting context in which to do transformative work,” Lynn said. “I’m excited about working with the excellent faculty, staff and students in the Graduate School of Education to help make it the premier urban school of its kind in the nation.”

The Graduate School of Education at Portland State is the largest and most comprehensive school of education in Oregon. It offers doctoral and master’s degrees and extensive teaching, counseling, and administrative licensure programs, certificates, and professional development opportunities for both prospective and current educators, administrators and human services practitioners.

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