Purdue University Northwest (PNW) has announced Anne E. Gregory as its next dean of the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS) effective Jan. 3, 2022. She was selected through a national search process.

“Dr. Gregory’s leadership in similar roles both at PNW and her past academic institutions prove her abilities and energy to take the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences to new heights,” said PNW Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Kenneth C. Holford. “Anne has demonstrated success in curriculum and program development, building external relationships, student retention, and external scholarly achievement. Her experience shows she will continue collaborating with faculty members and colleagues across the institution to help PNW students achieve academic and career success now and into the future.”

Gregory has served as CHESS’s interim dean since July 2021. She has also served as director of the School of Education and Counseling since 2017, and as executive director of Concurrent Enrollment Programs from 2017 to 2021.

Gregory previously served as chair and professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at both Western Illinois University and Northern Illinois University. Prior to that, she was a professor at Boise State University in the Department of Literacy. Early in her career, she taught elementary school in the San Antonio Independent School District.

Gregory earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University in West Lafayette, a master’s degree in Education, Adult and Higher Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy and Language from Purdue West Lafayette.

“I’m committed to us as a college beginning to reimagine ourselves,” Gregory said. “It’s a long-term investment that has to be strategic, intentional, purposeful, and with key ideas: transformation, engagement in our local environment and our community and this idea of equity and justice.”

Gregory’s research on literacy and education has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals and books.