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Moravian’s dean of Continuing and Graduate Studies to retire

Dr. Linda Heindel to retire after 26 years with the institution

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) –Dr. Linda Heindel, dean of continuing and graduate studies at Moravian College will retire on June 30, 2003, after twenty-six years of association with the institution. Heindel served five years as a full-time faculty member, several as a part-time faculty member, and twenty-one in continuing education. She will retire from full-time service in order to pursue her other interests—the history of science, local history, Native American literature and culture, gardening, and piano playing.

“Linda is an extraordinarily caring, dedicated, and competent professional who has devoted much of her life to our college,” said Dr. Curt Keim, vice president and dean of the faculty. “Under Linda’s creative leadership, a wide variety of successful offerings have been implemented, among them the certificate programs, May Term, the Master's in Education, outreach programs to Arabic and Vietnamese communities, custom contract courses for area businesses, one-night-per-week scheduling, and the Windmill Foundation Scholarship (from a private donation of $140,000). Linda’s leadership has made it possible for us to envision the current pathway we are taking toward separation of day and evening classes,” Keim said.

Heindel received her A.B. from Lebanon Valley College, M.A. from the University of Delaware, and the Ph.D. from Lehigh University. Always a dedicated educator, Heindel began her career as a high school English teacher in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. She moved on to the college level and taught at the University of Delaware, Lehigh and DeSales Universities, as well as Moravian College. While at DeSales, she was hired as a part-time coordinator in their ACCESS program, which served as the stepping stone to her career in continuing adult education. Heindel came to Moravian full-time as assistant dean of the Division of Continuing Studies in 1982 and then progressed to associate dean and, in 1993, to dean of Continuing and Graduate Studies.

In the fall, Heindel will work part-time for the College as she advises students in the post-baccalaureate education certificate program while Professor Jack Dilendik is on sabbatical.