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Underwood Accepts New Position

01/23/1998

OXFORD, Ohio -- Julie Underwood, dean of Miami University's School of Education and Allied Professions, has been named general counsel of the National School Boards Association (NSBA).

The appointment to NSBA's senior administrative team is effective July 1.

Underwood, who has been dean at Miami since August 1995, was described by Anne Hopkins, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, as an exceptional leader whose departure will be a loss to the university.

"Dean Underwood brought a great deal of energy and talent to the deanship," said Hopkins. "She's done a wonderful job of building partnerships with area public schools, developing budget and enrollment plans and overseeing the school of education's response to Ohio's new teacher certification requirements."

Hopkins said plans would be announced soon regarding a replacement for Underwood, who will remain as dean through June 30.

Underwood said the decision to leave Miami saddens her. "I believe we have the best faculty and students of any university, but this is a national leadership opportunity I just cannot pass up," she said.

In assessing her tenure at Miami, Underwood said her most significant accomplishments may have been in the area of climate--striving for a climate of respect, trust and faculty empowerment.

Underwood, a nationally known advocate for children, is recognized for her work with school finance and equity issues, special education and students' rights.

She was associate dean of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before coming to Miami. At Wisconsin, she had a joint appointment in the university's law school.

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