Darrell Garber, associate dean of education at Northern Kentucky University, will be flying high when he takes over the position on July 1 -- he is a commercial pilot and flight instructor, and his enthusiasm about joining TTU's College of Education is catapulting his career move.
"I am impressed with the way the college uses technology in all aspects of its mission," said Garber. "I think Tennessee Tech's College of Education is three to four years ahead of most other institutions when it comes to technology."
Garber will succeed Dean Richey, who has been serving as interim dean of the college.
At Northern Kentucky, located about 10 miles south of Cincinnati, Garber has been responsible for the administration of the School of Education with an annual budget of more than $2 million, an enrollment of 1,200 undergraduate and 400 graduate students, and 33 full-time faculty members.
While associate dean, his accomplishments include establishing positive relationships with area superintendents, evaluating the School of Education in cooperation with a community partnership committee and establishing a student ambassador organization to promote the school.
Garber considers collaboration and community involvement keys to his success at Tennessee Tech.
"Becoming partners with local school districts, making community connections, fundraising, collaborating at the state level Ñ these are the areas I plan to focus on and consider my strengths," he said.
Before joining Northern Kentucky in 1996, he served as associate professor and director of graduate studies at South Carolina's Columbia College.
Garber earned his bachelor's degree in English and master's in reading education at Clemson University; he earned his doctorate at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.