Wendy Wakeman named graduate dean at Fresno Pacific University

Wendy Wakeman will serve as graduate dean at Fresno Pacific University beginning July 1, 2003. Wakeman has been dean of Fresno Pacific School of Professional Studies since coming to the university in 1997 and will also continue in that capacity.

“We are pleased Wendy has agreed to this extra assignment,” said Patricia Anderson, provost. “She brings many strengths to this position including her leadership of professional studies.”

Wakeman joined FPU after eight years at Bethel College in Minnesota, where she was founding dean for the Bethel College Center of Continuing Studies. The center offers graduate degrees in education, nursing, communication, counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Prior to that Wakeman spent 16 years working in elementary-high schools as a school psychologist, director of special education and gifted and alternative school programs.

Wakeman earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University and an Ed.S. in school psychology from Michigan State University. Her master’s degree in educational psychology is from MSU and her bachelor’s degree in psychology is from Wheaton College.

Rod Janzen, acting dean during the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 school years, will return to the faculty as the university’s first distinguished scholar. The position will allow Janzen to write and research as well as teach.

Joining Wakeman will be Kathyrn Hitchcox, who will serve as associate dean of both schools. She has a Ph.D. and master’s in English from Rice University and a bachelor’s in English and communication arts from California Lutheran College.