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Dr. Betty Taylor Steps Down as Dean of Professional Studies

Dr. Betty Taylor, dean of professional studies at Plattsburgh State University of New York, will take a leave of absence effective Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Taylor, who has served as dean of professional studies since September 1999, said her decision to step down from the position is due to health-related reasons.

Dr. Robert Golden, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Taylor has served admirably during the past four years in the face of a number of very important and demanding challenges.
"Betty has helped keep our professional programs moving forward while we have undertaken the arduous tasks associated with the accreditation procedures for a number of our programs, include nursing, counselor education, teacher education and communications disorders and sciences," said Golden. "I want to thank her for her service as dean of professional studies and look forward to her continued service to Plattsburgh State."
Dr. Gretchen Beebe, associate dean of professional studies and professor in the Department of Nursing, Food and Nutrition, has been named interim dean through June 30, 2004.

Beebe came to Plattsburgh State in 1993 as chair of the Department of Nursing. She was promoted to associate dean in July 2001.
Beebe was planning to retire at the end of the current academic semester. However, Provost Golden said, "Dr. Beebe has graciously extended her service to Plattsburgh State and will serve as interim dean through the rest of the academic year."
Golden said that he will begin to meet with Interim President John Clark, faculty and other members of the campus community soon to discuss the responsibilities associated with the position of dean of professional studies and the search process to find a permanent dean.

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