NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Indiana University Southeast has appointed a new dean to the School of Education and an interim dean to the School of Nursing.
Professor Doyin Coker-Kolo has been named Dean of the School of Education. Coker-Kolo, an educator for over 35 years, comes to IU Southeast from Millersville University of Pennsylvania where she served as Associate Dean and Accreditation Coordinator for the School of Education from 2007-2015. Prior to that, she served as Chair and Associate Professor of Middle Grades and Secondary Education at Georgia Southwestern State University. She received her Ph.D. and M.Ed.from the University of South Carolina, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Lagos in educational administration.
“I am eager to work with faculty and administration at IUS to expand our reputation beyond the region by building stronger partnerships, designing newer programs, growing our enrollment and responding to the changing demographics of the student population. We also need to build strong advocates outside our education constituents to attain the changes that are required of us. I believe that the potentials of our students, support of our alumni, the talents of faculty and staff and the overall camaraderie in the school will make it possible for us to overcome any challenges.”
Professor Donna Bowles has been appointed Interim Dean of the School of Nursing. Bowles has had a career in nursing for 39 years and has been a member of IU Southeast Nursing faculty since 2000. She received her Ed.D. from Spalding University, Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisville, and bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine University. Bowles is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and served as the Chair for the Council of Nursing Faculty from 2012-2014, in addition to numerous other professional leadership roles as a faculty member at IU Southeast.
“Many opportunities are forthcoming for the School of Nursing. Along with the faculty, I look forward to making these happen at IU Southeast. Having worked with most of my colleagues for 15 years, I expect this to be a smooth transition and I think we’ll get a lot accomplished together, which will directly influence the success of our students.”