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Dr. Elizabeth Hukowicz Named Dean of New Elms College School

CHICOPEE — Elms College President Mary Reap has appointed Dr. Elizabeth Hukowicz dean of the newly established School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Hukowicz has been the associate academic dean of the Division of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education since 2005. Under her leadership, the number, scope, and complexity of programs in her department has increased tremendously. In recognition of this growth, the division has been restructured into a school, with Hukowicz appointed as the first dean.

“The new school will serve our non-traditional and adult learners, and also highlight the importance of these programs to the strength and vitality of the institution,” said Walter Breau, vice president of academic affairs.

Added Hukowicz, “this restructuring will allow the school to offer a broader array of degree options and services for adult learners on and off campus. The adult learner is at the core of what we do, and we will provide increased opportunities to better serve the adult learner in and out of the classroom, wherever and however that may be. We will continue to find new and better ways to make students successful.”

Elms College offers graduate-degree programs in accounting, applied theology, autism-spectrum disorders, education, healthcare leadership, management, and nursing. The college also offers certificates of advanced graduate study in autism-spectrum disorders, communication sciences and disorders, and education.

“I am humbled as I assume this position, and grateful to our Elms administration, staff and faculty who work so hard to serve our students on campus, off campus and online,” Hukowicz said. “We have a culture of service at the core of what we do in and outside the classroom. I look forward to working with Elms faculty and staff to provide more convenient, affordable degree options for adult learners at all levels.”