Jane S. Bray, who recently retired after 12 years as dean of education and associate provost at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, was appointed interim dean of Old Dominion University's Darden College of Education.
Bray assumed the role July 15 and will hold the position while Old Dominion University undertakes a national search this fall for a new dean. She succeeded Linda Irwin-DeVitis, who recently stepped down after leading the College for the past three years.
Bray brings to ODU considerable experience in higher education administration, serving as professor of elementary and early childhood education at Millersville University. She served on her university's Institutional Review Board, administered faculty and student grants for research and travel, and collaborated with faculty to develop a new multidisciplinary degree program.
Old Dominion University engaged the services of AGB Search, Inc. to help identify qualified and immediately available candidates for the interim position.
"Dr. Bray brings to ODU a wealth of experience in leading educational and professional programs. Her background in early childhood education and support for STEM education make her a natural fit for the Darden College during the search process for the next dean of the college," said Provost Carol Simpson.
Bray has been selected to serve on the academic advisory council for the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET) and currently serves on the board of directors for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, where she recently completed a term on its executive board.
As dean for the School of Education at Millersville, she provided leadership for five academic departments: Educational Foundations; Elementary and Early Childhood Education; Applied Engineering, Safety and Technology; Psychology; and Wellness and Sports Sciences.