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Two New Deans Highlight Incoming Fall Semester

Two New Deans Highlight Incoming Fall Semester

August 14, 2006 - This fall, Collin County Community College District (Collin) will welcome two new deans into the academic fold.

Dr. Barbara Coan, of Frisco, was named dean of Academic Affairs for the Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco and Dr. Tony Mansueto, of Plano, was named dean of Communications and Humanities.

Dr. Coan holds a bachelor of science degree in speech and all-level physical education, a master's of education in administrative education and physical education from Tarleton State University. She earned her doctorate from the University of North Texas, where she studied pedagogy, college and university teaching and a minor in recreation.

Dr. Coan has six years of experience teaching public schools, in addition to coaching basketball and track. She also taught physical education and coached tennis for six years at Weatherford College. Most recently, she served as assistant dean at Navarro College for Humanities and Physical Education for six years.

"My first impressions of Collin were formed long before I applied for a position at the campus. The college has a national reputation for academic quality," Dr. Coan said. "I have been impressed with the friendliness of each person I have met and the caliber of excellence in every area. I look forward to being a part of an innovative, forward-thinking and scholarly community."

Dr. Mansueto comes to Collin from the University of New Mexico-Gallup, where he served as chair of the Department of Social Sciences and taught philosophy, religious studies and western civilization. In addition to a number of other positions in the United States and Mexico, Dr. Mansueto is the founder of Seeking Wisdom, "a small, independent research and public humanities institute, which publishes an international electronic journal of philosophy, religion, and politics by the same name."

Dr. Mansueto earned a bachelor of arts degree in humanities from the University of Chicago and a master of arts from Yale University. He holds a doctorate in religion and society from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.

"I see community colleges as fundamental to the democratic project," Dr. Mansueto said. "Full participation in the public life of a democracy requires the ability to make and evaluate arguments across disciplines --and especially arguments regarding fundamental questions of meaning and value. Community colleges make the sort of liberal arts education which prepares people to do this, and which was historically reserved for elites, accessible to ever broader sectors of the population."

Dr. Mansueto also has written four books, the most recent being "Spirituality and Dialectics" written with his wife, Maggie.

"I have been impressed by the commitment of Collin to the liberal arts mission of community colleges," Dr. Mansueto said. "I have also been impressed by the intellectual seriousness of the faculty and their commitment to teaching, and by the effectiveness of both my fellow administrators and the support staff."

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.