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Huntley Named Dean of Appalachian’s Graduate School

d05_2huntley09.jpgBOONE – Following a national search, Edelma Huntley has been named dean of the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School at Appalachian State University. She had been serving in an interim capacity since February.

Huntley served as senior associate dean of the graduate school from 2000-February 2005, was associate dean from 1995-2000, and was a faculty development consultant for the university’s Hubbard Center for Faculty and Academic Development from 1993-95.

“Dr. Huntley’s breadth of experience in the graduate school has prepared her well for this position and made her the logical choice as the next dean of the graduate school,” said Provost Stan Aeschleman. “She understands the history of the graduate school and its challenges and opportunities. I’m confident she will chart a course that will address the needs of the state, university, as well as our students and faculty.”

As senior associate dean, Huntley was involved with the graduate school’s recruiting and marketing activities, admissions, orientation, enrollment management, student services, graduation audit, assistantship and scholarship budgets, and reports submitted to the UNC Office of the President. She also developed the university’s annual Research Day, which showcases research work done by graduate and undergraduate students; guided the graduate programs through a review of admissions criteria; and helped develop the professional science master’s degree that the university plans to offer in the future.

Huntley joined the university in 1978 as an assistant professor in the Department of English, was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1983 and named full professor in 1989.

Huntley has a Ph.D. in restoration and 18th-century British literature from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.