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AQUINAS COLLEGE NAMES NEW DEAN FOR SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

June 26, 2007 - Grand Rapids, Michigan (May 7, 2007) – Aquinas College Trustees has selected a longtime professor in its Education Department to head its School of Education. Interim President C. Edward Balog, Ph.D., provost and dean of faculty, has announced that Nanette Clatterbuck, chairperson of the Education Department and an assistant professor of Education, has been named to the post of Dean of the School of Education, effective immediately.

President Balog expressed confidence in selecting Clatterbuck for the post.

“Aquinas is fortunate to have someone of Professor Clatterbuck’s experience to lead the School of Education,” Balog Said. “She has taught at all levels, served as chief executive and board member of a private school and has particular expertise in learning disabilities. She is a perfect choice to represent our urban oriented teacher education program.”

Clatterbuck joined Aquinas in 1997. In addition to having served as chairperson of the School of Education for the past year, she is the director of the Learning Disabilities endorsement program. Prior to her work at Aquinas, she ran the Lake Michigan Academy for students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder.
She has had experience working in both the private and public sector with general as well as special education students.

Clatterbuck also conducts both local and national workshops which focus on various aspects of social/emotional development and behavioral needs of individuals including those with learning disabilities, ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome. Currently, she is the state president of the Learning Disability Association and serves as vice president on the board of directors for the Lake Michigan Academy.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Aquinas, she has served as advisor for several student organizations, chaired the Women’s Studies Programming Board, coordinated the College’s Self-Study for its North Central Accreditation, chaired the freshman Inquiry and Expression program and has chaired the Education Department for the past year. She was named to that post in 2006.

Clatterbuck received a bachelor of science degree, majoring in special education and psychology, from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in 1980. She earned a master in education from GVSU in 1992. Among her state certifications, Clatterbuck holds K-12 endorsements in learning Disabilities, Mentally Handicapped and Emotionally Impaired.

Clatterbuck is third dean for the School of Education. She was preceded by Jim Garafalo, Ph.D., and Michael Williams, Ph.D.