The deans of the College of Education

The College of Education (COE), began in 1955 as an undergraduate department of education in the newly established Portland State College. It has grown to renown as an urban graduate school providing state-of-the-art programs that prepare skilled, committed professionals. The individuals pictured here provided leadership that resulted in the COE’s comprehensive graduate programs and contributed to knowledge about teaching, learning, counseling, and educational leadership.

Marvin Lynn, Dean
College of Education: 2017-present


Randy Hitz, Dean
Graduate School of Education: 2006-2017

A nationally-connected professional with a modest demeanor who built on his collaborations to lead new initiatives at the University and across the Metro area, the State of Oregon, and the U.S.

  • Led GSE through the first in Oregon accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Increased external funding from $2.2 to $7.4 million and fundraising by 700%
  • Integrated Continuing Education and the Oregon Center for Career Development into the GSE
  • Strengthened partnerships with school districts through statewide projects: Chalkboard, TeachOregon, Cradle to Career
  • Played a major role in Oregon Legislature’s formation of the Educator Advancement Fund
  • Advanced participation with the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate and significantly improved GSE doctoral completions
  • Secured approval and funding for a new building to house the GSE
Carol Mack, Interim Dean 
Graduate School of Education: 2005–2006  
Highly motivated, dedicated, and hardworking professional who effectively managed the GSE.
  • Advocated for diversity that resulted in the Graduate School of Education receiving the AACTE award for Best Practices in Support of Diversity
  • Spearheaded a reunion breakfast, celebrating 50 years of graduates from the School of Education 
  • Served as a member of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and chair of the licensure committee where she strongly advocated for alternative assessment
Phyllis Edmundson, Dean 
Graduate School of Education: 1998–2005
Positive, supportive, empathetic, and engaging; a bridge builder to the community.  
  • First female dean in the Graduate School of Education
  • Supported the implementation of the Bilingual Teacher Pathway (BTP) program to produce qualified bilingual teachers
  • Increased external financial support for the Graduate School of Education: research and program grants, contracts, and gifts
  • Served on boards, task forces, and committees in the broader community
  • Established the Development Office to increase student scholarships, GSE gifts, and outreach to the community 
Dave Krug, Acting Dean
Graduate School of Education: 1994
Congenial, responsible, and fair; showed high level of respect for colleagues. 
  • Developed and implemented a well-organized process for accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) 
  • Oversaw the establishment of the Dual Inclusion program that awards an elementary/special education five-term license 
  • Served as the chair of Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC)
Robert Everhart, Dean 
Graduate School of Education: 1986–1998 (sabbatical 1995)
Congenial and scholarly; an innovative leader who moved the school forward. 
  • Presided over School of Education when it consistently received accreditation from state and national organizations 
  • Worked with the faculty to support the establishment of the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP)
  • Redesigned the doctoral program into a core curriculum with numerous specializations 
  • Spearheaded conversion of School of Education (SOE) to the Graduate School of Education (GSE) 
  • Integrated the Helen Gordon Center into the GSE
Don Leu, Dean 
School of Education: 1980–1986
Candid, sincere, and unpretentious with faculty and staff; his sense of humor delighted and astonished faculty and administrators. 
  • Dedicated the new School of Education building, 1980 
  • Transitioned Learning Materials Center to Metropolitan Instructional Support Laboratory (MISL), creating the first computer education lab for the school 
  • Moved Continuing Education (CEED) into the School of Education building
  • Established a 100-advisor consortium for the School of Education
  • Conferred the school’s first doctorate degree
Hal Jorgenson, Acting Dean 
School of Education: 1979–1980 
Admired by faculty and students as a caring person and an excellent and fair advisor, teacher, and administrator.
  • Initiated development of the school’s first student advising center
  • Procured grant funds to initiate the development of the computer education program 
  • Helped administer the school’s first environmental education center
Ron Petrie, Dean 
School of Education: 1975–1979
A candid, energetic, and practical dean who was a strong advocate for growing the school.
  • Established a doctoral program (EdD) 
  • Oversaw design, planning, and construction of the new School of Education building, 1978–80 
  • Received a national award for the Teacher Corps Outstanding Program from AACTE
  • Reorganized the school into three departments: Teacher Education, Special Programs, and Special Education 
  • Established the school’s first instructional materials and media site, the Learning Materials Center, in Lincoln Hall
E. Dean Anderson, Acting Dean
School of Education: 1974–1975
A devoted administrator with exceptional interpersonal skills and a great sense of humor.
  • Served as the interim Portland State University president and acting dean of the School of Education in the same year
  • Spearheaded the first state policy in higher education that protected minorities
  • Presided over major campus-wide budget cuts while preserving education
William (Bill) Jenkins, Dean 
School of Education: 1970–1974
A gentleman, scholar, and nationally respected educator.  
  • First African American dean at Portland State University
  • Created three departments for the School of Education: Foundations, Curriculum and Instruction, and Special Education 
  • Brought a grant from the Educational Professionals Development Act to Portland State University, and served as its national director 
  • Served as president of the National Council of Teachers of English, 1969
  • Promoted a competency-based program in cluster schools to prepare student teachers
Ray Wolfe, Acting Dean 
School of Education: 1968–1970
A likeable, solid dean who was a pragmatist; a people person who related well to others with kindness and understanding.  
  • Spearheaded the first student advising center for the School of Education 
  • Served as first director of field placement for student teachers in metro-area public schools
  • First administrator to hire master teachers from public schools to supervise student teachers  
(Portland State College becomes Portland State University, 1969)
David Willis, Chair and Dean
School of Education: 1964–1968
Creative and amiable, with a firm commitment to following his own professional beliefs throughout his education career.    
  • Supported the creation of the special education teacher preparation program, 1964 
  • First dean of the School of Education, 1966  
  • Created the Training Teachers of Teachers program—a federally funded partnership with school districts; awarded the largest federal grant to the institution at the time (over $2 million)  
  • Championed the development of the Clinical Supervision Program
  • Developed the first course in classroom management 
 (Division of Education becomes School of Education, 1966)
John Cramer, Acting Chair
Division of Education: 1963–1964
A sincere and long-term leader, administrator, and educator with a genial personality; provided exceptional anecdotes in his talks and speeches.
  • Served as first president of Portland State College when it became a four-year degree-granting institution in 1955 and served as acting chair of the Division of Education
  • Oversaw the start of the MAT and MST graduate degree programs in education
  • Hired the first African American professor at Portland State College, George Guy
Willard Spalding, Chair
Division of Education: 1955–1963
A scholarly, serious-minded, and energized administrator; the founding spokesman for teacher education at Portland State. 
  • Appointed to head the new Division of Education, 1955 
  • Led the fight to gain state legislative support for elementary and secondary teacher certification and degree programs 
  • Insisted that teacher training curriculum be an institution-wide responsibility
  • Used teacher training as the vehicle for Portland State College to become a four-year degree-granting institution
  • Presided over the first graduating class in which education had the largest percentage of graduates in the institution, 1956