Steele to Serve as New Dean

(Published originally in the Spring 2011 issue of Berea College Magazine.)

by Deb McIntyre, ’11

On June 15, Dr. Scott Steele, an economics professor, will begin serving as Berea’s first Dean of Curriculum and Student Learning. Steele has been at the College since 2002 and has served on the Strategic Planning Council and on the Committee on General Education. This new position includes responsibilities currently filled by Dr. Steve Gowler, director of general education and the coordinator of advising, and Dr. Mike Panciera, coordinator of academic advising. Both Gowler and Panciera will return to full-time teaching in their respective areas, general education and agriculture/natural resources, on June 30.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.