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Longwood appoints new Dean of Graduate Studies

September 15, 2008

Anthony A. Koyzis

Dr. Anthony A. Koyzis, formerly of Wayne State College (WSC) in Nebraska, is Longwood University’s new dean of Graduate and Extended Studies.

Koyzis, who started Sept. 10, had been the dean of the School of Education, Consulting and Graduate Studies at WSC where he was responsible for all on-campus and off-campus academic programs within the School. He previously chaired the Department of Educational Foundations in the College of Education and Human Services at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he also served as president of the faculty senate in 1997-98.

In addition to his strong background in management and educational leadership, Koyzis has a wide range of academic experience that includes teaching, research, counseling, international education and cross-cultural involvements. At Wayne State College, he supervised new educational delivery systems including distance education, online programs, international delivery, and learning communities. He has implemented new programs including a cooperative Doctorate in Education program offered by WSC and the University of South Dakota and a new M.S. in educational leadership, using a learning community delivery format. Half of WSC’s 4,600 students are graduate students.

Koyzis had been at Wayne State College since June 2005. He was at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for 15 years, during which he was director of international education and programs before chairing the Department of Educational Foundations. Koyzis, a fluent Greek speaker, has been a consultant to the Greek Ministry of Education and has taught as an adjunct and visiting professor at universities in Greece and Cyprus. 

He has a B.A. in economics, political science and history; an M.A. in international comparative studies; and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies, all from the University of Iowa. A Greek who grew up on the island of Cyprus, he immigrated to the United States as a teenager. His parents and other family members now live in the Hampton Roads area. He and his wife, Cheryl, have two grown children.

Koyzis, selected following an intensive national search, replaces Dr. Sue McCullough, who left in late February to become director of the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center. Dr. Sherry Sandkam, associate dean of Virginia Commonwealth’s University Graduate School, served as interim dean.