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Donna Smith Named Dean of Comenius Center at Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pa., October 29, 2010--Moravian College recently named Donna Smith as dean of the Comenius Center (Continuing, Professional, and Graduate Studies) at Moravian College. Smith had been serving as interim dean since Florence Kimball stepped down as dean of the Comenius Center at the end of August 2010.

Smith was an assistant dean since 2004 at the Comenius Center and served as associate dean since 2009. Prior to Moravian, Smith worked at Centenary College and was the director of academic support, where she focused on unifying efforts in academic advising, disability support, Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), and progress reporting.

Smith graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan with a B.A. degree in math and Spanish. She then went on to Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J. and earned her M.A. degree in instructional leadership. She earned her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution (Sociology) from the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences of Nova Southeastern University.

Gordon Weil, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, said, "I am delighted to have someone with Donna's talents, good judgment, and detailed knowledge of the Comenius Center and the College assume this important leadership position. Smith has all the support of Moravian College and will prove to be an excellent dean of Comenius Center."

The Comenius Center is the division of Moravian College devoted to providing evening and weekend graduate, professional, and continuing studies for adults. As a progressive leader in quality adult education, the Comenius Center offers a unique and in-depth experience that balances the teaching of theory with building practical skills. Our approach and environment stimulate both personal and professional growth. The result is a meaningful, attainable degree and education that meets the real-world needs of our students and supports our community. For more on the Comenius Center at Moravian College visit: www.moravian.edu/comenius.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.