PULLMAN, Wash. — Judy Mitchell, dean of Washington State University’s College of Education, has been named president of the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions. CADREI is the national organization for the 180 American colleges that grant doctoral degrees in education.

At the organization’s February conference at Chicago, Mitchell was elected by the membership to the four-year presidency position.  For the year 2004, she will serve as president-elect and will join the executive committee of the CADREI Board of Directors for four years.  During 2005 and 2006, she will serve as president, and during her fourth year will serve as past president.

“I am honored to have been elected by my peers, the deans of the largest education colleges at the finest private and public research institutions in the U.S.,” Mitchell said.  “This position will be another opportunity for me to provide visibility for our university and the excellence of our programs.”

Mitchell is also the chair of the Committee on Women’s Issues and the past chair of the Professional Development Committee, both at the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education.

As chair of the Professional Development Committee, Mitchell presided at the February AACTE conference, which was attended by some 2,800 members.

Mitchell became dean of the WSU College of Education in 1998.