Dean of COEHS Step Down

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: Earle Traynham, Interim Provost Academic Affairs

In announcing his intention to step down as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services (see emailed announcement below), Larry Daniel stated that once leaving the Office of the Dean he would both assume a faculty role AND “continue to serve as Executive Director of the Center for Urban Education and Policy.” As the Director of the Center for Urban Education and Policy has a prominent role in promoting the College’s vision for educational reform, for representing the College to the greater public, and for bringing external funds to the College, it seems only logical that the new Dean of the college would have significant input into the person chosen to fulfill that role (e.g., to work with faculty and a search committee to select a person to assume that role). It also seems logical—for the reasons noted above—that the new Dean would have direct supervisory authority over the “Director” and her/his responsibilities. Yet by appointing himself “Executive Director” into the indefinite future, Dean Daniel seems to be circumventing normal lines of authority and using a power that is not his to use in order to ensure himself a future administrative role within the College. It also seems that Dean Daniel is assuming a representative role that ignores the contexts behind the change in leadership within COEHS. If, on the other hand, the Provost or the President approved this future role for Dr. Daniel, faculty would like to know the rationale for the decision, why they were not consulted in the decision, and whether or not the new Dean will have the authority to supervise the person fulfilling the role of Director (and thus have significant input into the messages emanating from the “Center”)?

Dear COEHS Faculty and Staff:
It is my pleasure to serve as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services. The upcoming academic year will be my tenth year as Dean, and, with my approaching the completion of a decade of service, this milestone has given me reason to reflect on the many things that we as a College have been able to accomplish over the past years as well as the bright future that we have ahead of us. I have also been thinking about my own career and the experiences I have had over my 30+ years as an educator. The 13 years I have spent at UNF have been the most enriching of my career, and I hope to be a part of the UNF community for many years to come. However, there is an optimal time for every experience, and I am at a point in my own career in which a change of pace is in order. Therefore, I am announcing my decision to resign as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at the end of the current fiscal year (June 30, 2014).

I look forward at that time to joining the Department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management in a full time capacity. I will also continue to serve as Executive Director of the Center for Urban Education and Policy. In the meantime, we have a busy year ahead of us with many challenges and opportunities awaiting. I will be corresponding with you in a few days regarding some important items to be accomplished this year. Thank you for all that you do, individually and collectively, to ensure outstanding service to our students and the community. As always, if you have ideas as to how we might be more effective as a College, please drop me a note or schedule a time to meet with me.

Best regards,
Larry Larry G. Daniel, Ph. D.,
Dean and Professor College of Education and Human Services
University of North Florida
1 University of North Florida Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224-7699
Voice: (904) 620-2520; FAX: (904) 620-2522 Email:


Written response from Dr. Earle Traynham, Interim Provost & Vice President Academic Affairs:

In my discussions with Dean Daniel regarding his resignation as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, he requested, and I agreed, that he be permitted to continue in his role as Director of the Center for Urban Education and Policy. He had been serving as Interim Director.

The rationale for this decision is quite simply that Dean Daniel was the current director, and in my opinion had been performing this role satisfactorily, and there was no obvious reason to make a change prior to the selection of a new dean. Once a new dean is in place, Dr. Daniel will, of course, report to the dean in his capacity as center director. Also, once a new dean is in place, the dean will have full authority to determine the leadership of the Center for Urban Education and Policy.

It is not true that Dean Daniel “appointed himself” as Executive Director into the indefinite future, nor, in my opinion, did he circumvent normal lines of authority and use” power that is not his.” At present, the Center does not have by-laws that prescribe any particular process for the selection of its Director. Center directors, along with all appointed leadership positions in COEHS, will serve at the pleasure of the dean, just as they do in all of our colleges.

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