Friday, April 5, 2013

Schriver new dean for College of Education and Social Sciences

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Schriver new dean for College of Education and Social Sciences

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Kevin Schriver, Psy.D., will be the new dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences at Southwest Baptist University effective Aug. 1.

“I come from a diverse department, and I look forward to leading a very diverse college,” said Schriver, who has taught psychology classes at SBU since 1989 and has been chair of the Department of Behavorial Sciences since 1998. “I have to open my eyes to the worlds of the other departments by talking to the chairs of the other departments. We are the biggest college, so I am looking for collaboration from a good leadership team.”

The College of Education and Social Sciences includes the Departments of Behavioral Sciences, Education, Kinesiology, History and Political Science, and Graduate Education.

Schriver graduated from SBU in 1983 with a bachelor of arts in psychology and religious studies, Central Missouri State University in 1985 with a master’s degree in clinical psychology and Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in 1997 with a Psy.D. in clinical psychology.

He is finishing a term as president of SBU’s Faculty Senate and will continue to serve as the Faculty Athletics Representative with the MIAA and NCAA for SBU, a position he has held since 1997 and through which he has served on multiple national committees.

Schriver is the 2011 recipient of the SBU Faculty Life Beautiful Award, 2004 and 2012 recipient of the Michael Awad Scholarly Activities Award and 2004 recipient of the Orien B. Hendrex Distinguished Teacher Award.

Schriver and his wife, Denise, who is the daughter of retired SBU theatre professor Ron Boutwell, live in Springfield, where they are involved with theater and teach adult Sunday school at Second Baptist Church and she serves as Children’s Minister. They have three children, all of whom are SBU students: Lauren, who will graduate in December with a degree in theater and public relations; Alex, who is majoring in theater; and Mackenzie, who is majoring in elementary education.

“Kevin brings numerous strengths to the position, including a wealth of academic experience and personal qualities of integrity, persistence and loyalty to SBU,” said SBU Provost Bill Brown, D.M. “I predict he’ll have great success as a dean.” 

Linda Wooderson, Ed.D., current dean, is stepping down from the dean’s position to return to the classroom full time as a professor of physical education.

“It’s my semi-retirement,” said Wooderson, who has been dean for 11 years and taught at SBU for 25 years. “Teaching is what I love. It’s my passion.”

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