Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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ALBANY — Albany State University has named Dr. Kimberly Suress Gaiters-Fields dean of the College of Education. Gaiters-Fields, who assumed the position July 1, served one year as interim after the departure of former dean Dr. Kimberly King-Jupiter.
“I am honored that the search committee, provost and president found my qualifications competitive enough to earn me the position of dean. I am elated to be placed in a position that will allow me to give back to the university that provided a large portion of my higher education experiences,” Gaiters-Fields said. “As I am invested in the local community, I am optimistic about working with ASU administrators, the COE faculty and staff and the local school system on initiatives to enhance the P-16 educational experiences of students and impact the economic capital of the region.”
Under her leadership as interim dean, Gaiters-Fields stressed increased expectations and community involvement for faculty and staff which resulted in the introduction of the “Those Who Can, Educate Tour,” an initiative to recruit undergraduate, certification and graduate candidates throughout the state. She also leveraged the University System of Georgia Employee Assistance Program in an effort to to improve morale in the College of Education and foster a team approach to solving problems, collaborating and advancing the mission of the College.
“I have found her to be a strong asset to the ASU academic leadership team. She has an impressive record of community engagement and collaboration and plans to broaden ASU’s outreach in these areas in her new role,” said ASU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Beverly Edmond.
Gaiters-Fields currently serves on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) State Partnership Committee and is a member of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) Board of Examiners.
Fields is a graduate of Albany State where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Education in Special Education and a Specialist degree in Education. She received her doctorate in Curriculum Studies from Georgia Southern University.