An interim dean has been named at Cal State Northridge's College of Education, university officials announced.
Mary Kathryn Tetreault, vice president of academic affairs at Cal State Fullerton, succeeds Carolyn Ellner. Ellner retired after the spring semester after 16 years as dean of the college.
Tetreault will serve in the position while a search continues for a permanent dean, said Louanne Kennedy, CSUN's provost and vice president of academic affairs.
"My agreement with the university is for one year, or until a permanent dean is found," said Tetreault, who is on leave from Cal State Fullerton. "This will be a national search, so it should take several months."
While at Northridge, Tetreault said her objectives are to serve students who want to become teachers in "the best way possible" and raise funds for scholarships and faculty research.
Tetreault earned her bachelor's degree in history at Benedictine College in Kansas and went on earn a master's degree in teaching from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in social education at Boston University. She completed her postgraduate work in educational management from Harvard University in 1995.
During her tenure at Cal State Fullerton, where she also served as the dean of the School of Human Development and Community Service, Tetreault was active in collaborative projects with public schools.
"We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Tetreault's experience and qualifications to serve in this important position," Kennedy said.