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UNCC education dean to retire

Longtime UNC Charlotte College of Education Dean Mary Lynne Calhoun has announced she will retire at the end of the academic year.

Calhoun, who has been at UNCC for 30 years, will be replaced as dean by N.C. State University’s Ellen McIntyre.

McIntyre most recently was interim associate dean of academic affairs. She will begin work at UNCC July 1.

Before becoming associate dean at N.C. State, McIntyre spent 5 1/2 years as an administration in that university’s College of Education. She taught at the University of Louisville before coming to N.C. State.

Calhoun came to UNCC in 1982 as assistant professor of special education. She became dean of the College of Education in 1999 and since then has overseen expansion of the graduate education program, which added doctoral degrees in counseling and curriculum and instruction.

In addition, the college added master’s programs in teacher education and English as a Second Language.

University officials announced recently that the atrium in the College of Education building will be named for Calhoun.

UNCC’s education college is now the second-largest producer of teachers in North Carolina, with about 600 graduates on average each year.

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