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University of Maine faculty member, Brewer native new dean

By Jessica Bloch, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — A Brewer native and longtime University of Maine faculty member has been named the dean of the university’s College of Education and Human Development.

UMaine President Robert Kennedy’s appointment of Anne Pooler, who had been serving as interim dean since July 2007, was ratified May 18 by the UMaine System board of trustees.

Kennedy said in a statement Pooler is an established leader in the academic community.

“Through her work in developing statewide policy and in working to educate hundreds of Maine teachers, Anne has had an immeasurable impact on our state and on UMaine,” he stated.

A former social studies teacher and school administrator, Pooler worked in the Brewer, Lewiston and Auburn school systems before becoming a professor. She has master’s and doctoral degrees from UMaine. She joined the UMaine faculty in 1976.

Before undertaking the dean’s position, Pooler was the associate dean for academic services. More recently she served as associate dean for curriculum and instruction in the college. Her duties included leadership for program development, negotiating faculty performance agreements-faculty evaluations, the successful implementation of NCATE accreditation and oversight of external grants, and she carried out the duties of the graduate coordinator.

“I have worked with Anne for many years, and am pleased that she will continue as dean,” Susan Hunter, UMaine’s vice president for academic affairs and provost, said in a statement. “I am certain that the College of Education and Human Development will thrive under her leadership.”

Pooler also has served as an associate professor of social studies education.

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