YSU names new dean of Beeghly College of Education

Charles L. Howell is the new dean of the Beeghly College of Education at Youngstown State University.

Charles L. Howell

Charles L. Howell, associate professor and chair of the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations at Northern Illinois University, has been named dean of the Beeghly College of Education at Youngstown State University.

Howell, chosen after a national search, will take the position July 1. He replaces Philip Ginnetti, who left YSU in July 2010 to become provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Edinboro University. Mary Lou DiPillo has served as interim dean since Ginnetti’s departure.

“Dr. Howell brings to YSU and to Youngstown wide-ranging experience as an administrator and as an educator who is committed to his faculty, to serving the university and to partnering with the community to improve local school districts,” said Ikram Khawaja, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. “We are pleased to welcome him to the YSU team.”

Howell expressed his thanks for the warm welcome extended by the search committee and YSU faculty, staff and students during the interview process, and he emphasized the vital role a college of education plays in the development of a region and the flourishing of its citizens.

“The Beeghly College of Education has incredible resources to offer the Mahoning Valley region and beyond: a talented faculty, outstanding teacher, administrator, school psychologist, and counselor preparation programs, and a beautiful building with state-of-the-art technology, labs, and training facilities,” he said. “In an era of fiscal challenge, it’s important that we continue to strengthen partnerships with school districts and social service agencies, so we can work together to ensure that all young people of this region are prepared for active citizenship, productive careers and satisfying lives.”

Howell has been in his position at Northern Illinois for five years, where he manages an annual budget of $2.3 million and oversees a department of nearly 70 faculty and instructors. The department offers nine degree programs and is currently running eight off-campus cohort programs in partnership with school districts, a regional office of education, a statewide professional association, and a community college. While at NIU, Howell served as co-chair of the Higher Education Transitions Committee, which brought together university faculty and administrators and representatives of high schools and community colleges to clarify and align standards and expectations across institutions, with the goal of promoting student success and persistence.

He previously worked for five years in the College of Education and Human Services at Minnesota State University Moorhead as a faculty member, coordinator of Secondary Education, director of Educational Foundations and chair of the School of Teaching and Learning.  He also previously was assistant director of the Teaching Education Program at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and writing instructor/curriculum consultant at Syracuse University.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education/Social Studies at Georgia State University, a master’s of fine arts degree from the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University.

He is the author of more than 20 scholarly articles and has made dozens of academic presentations around the world, from Mexico City to Chicago, Montreal to Kansas City. He has been the executive editor of Thresholds in Education for three years.

YSU’s Beeghly College of Education consists of three departments – Teacher Education, Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology, and Educational Foundations, Research, Technology and Leadership. The college enrolls nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students. About 80 percent of the classroom teachers in the Mahoning Valley have earned degrees from the college.

About Youngstown State University
Youngstown State University is a comprehensive emerging urban research university that offers over 14,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation.