The University of Washington Tacoma School of Education has a founding dean: Dr. Rachel Endo.

She comes to UW Tacoma from Hamline University, in St. Paul, Minn., where she chaired the teacher education department at the School of Education since 2010. Prior to that, she served on the faculty at the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Nebraska.

“We are excited that Dr. Endo will become the inaugural dean of the UW Tacoma School of Education. She brings leadership vision and experience and a strong commitment to equity and social justice which match the values of our program,” said Dr. Raj Katti and Dr. Matthew Weinstein, co-chairs of the committee that coordinated the search for a new dean.

A first-generation college student, Endo received her undergraduate degree from University of Nebraska Omaha, where she also earned an MPA in public management and a master’s in education. Her PhD in Education is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Endo’s appointment completes the transition of UW Tacoma’s former Education Program into full-fledged school status. She will begin her tenure in July 2017, succeeding Dr. Brian McAlister, who has served as interim director since July 2016.