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Dr. Beverly Boals Gilbert named Dean
of Continuing Education and Community Outreach
December 16, 2010
Dr. Beverly Boals Gilbert, a faculty member in the Department of
Elementary Education since 1978 at Arkansas State University, has been
the new dean of Continuing Education and Community Outreach, university
officials announced Thursday morning.
Dr. Gilbert’s appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2011, according to Dr.
Glen Jones, provost and interim executive vice chancellor. Dr. Jones
said Dr. Gilbert’s selection followed after a national search for a
replacement for Dr. Verlene Ringgenberg, who retired from the dean’s
position Feb. 13, 2010. Dr. Jones noted that ASU’s national search
yielded four qualified candidates.
“We are very proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Beverly Boals
Gilbert as the new dean of Continuing Education and Community Outreach,”
said Dr. Jones. “We believe she is the candidate who provides us with
the best opportunity to move forward in the areas of continuing
education and community outreach, given her leadership and interpersonal
Dr. Gilbert joined the Arkansas State faculty in 1978 as an assistant
professor of Early Childhood Education and was subsequently named as an
associate professor, a position she held until 1985.That year, she was
named as chair of the Department of Elementary Education and remained in
that capacity until 1997.She has served as a professor of Early
Childhood Education after earning that rank in 1993.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve Arkansas State University
as Dean of Continuing Education and Community Outreach,” said Dr.
Gilbert. “I believe that Continuing Education and Community Outreach (CECO)
can further enhance the image of ASU and make our presence better known
throughout our service region as we work with all institutions in our
system to provide the highest quality course delivery, credit offerings,
professional development, and enrichment opportunities."
Dr. Gilbert continued,
“CECO can and will respond to the needs of our constituents as we engage
our communities to become partners in our mutual endeavors. I look
forward to this opportunity and to working with the staff in CECO to
fulfill the mission and purpose of ASU’s Continuing Education and
Community Outreach programs.”
Dr. Gilbert is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a
bachelor of arts degree in Elementary-Early Childhood Education. She
earned a master of arts degree in Elementary Education from the
University of Mississippi, and she received her doctoral degree from the
University of Mississippi in Elementary-Early Childhood Education.
An author of numerous books and articles, Dr. Gilbert has also been
active for many years in community projects and organizations such as
the St. Bernards Development Foundation
Women’s Advisory Council; The Learning Center; Jonesboro Chamber of
Commerce; Jonesboro Junior Auxiliary; Arkansas Advocates for Children
and Families; Governor’s Partnership for Children and Families; March of
Dimes; American Heart Association; the Phi Mu Alumni Association; and
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