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Golden Named Dean of Frostburg State University College of Education

Golden Named Dean of Frostburg State University College of Education
Following a national search, Dr. Clarence Golden has been named dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Education effective July 1 by Provost Stephen Simpson. Golden has been serving as interim dean for the past year.

Golden, a 44-year veteran in the field of education, is also a professor of Educational Leadership at FSU. He previously served as associate dean for the College of Education and chair of the Department of Educational Professions. In addition to his experience at the university level and in public schools, Golden authored a nationally recognized leadership program in 2000 and 2007 through the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.

“Over the past year, Dr. Golden has done an excellent job of managing the College in the challenging role of an interim appointment,” Simpson said. “With the able assistance of Interim Associate Dean William Childs and others in the College of Education, he led the effort to finalize plans and secure approval for the Doctor of Education program, prepared for continued accreditation and improved relationships with regional school systems. Dr. Golden represents the best combination of proven leadership in the dean’s role and knowledge of the College, its programs and personnel, and the evolving requirements applied to teacher preparation in Maryland.”

“The College of Education will be looking at national models for colleges of education to ensure that we are best serving all of its programs, including those programs offered at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown,” Golden said. “We will also be preparing for our upcoming reaffirmation of accreditation with NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education).”

The College of Education encompasses three departments: Educational Professions, Health and Physical Education and Recreation and Parks Management. FSU’s teacher preparation programs are accredited by NCATE, the bachelor’s program in Athletic Training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and the bachelor’s program in Recreation and Parks Management is accredited by Recreation and Parks Management: National Recreation and Park Association/American Association for Leisure and Recreation.

Golden earned an Associate in Arts degree from Allegany College of Maryland, Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Science in Administration and Supervision and a Master of Science in Management from Frostburg State University and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland, College Park. He started his career as a middle school math and science teacher. Golden also serves as national college program reviewer for ELCC and as an evaluator of principal/superintendent licensure assessments nationwide with Educational Testing Service.

He replaced Dr. Kenneth Witmer, who accepted a position at West Chester University in Pennsylvania last year.

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Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or -end-

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