Warmoth named MSU dean of CEL
Kristen Warmoth, Ed.D., has been named the new dean of the Center for Extended Learning at Minot State University. Warmoth has been with MSU since 1999. She joined the university as the coordinator of professional and community education in continuing education. Other positions she has held include online instructional designer, project director of a Title III grant, and director of instructional technology. Warmoth has been serving as interim director of the CEL since December.
The CEL at Minot State University includes continuing education, online education, correspondence, dual credit programs, professional and community education, and distance education including courses delivered via N.D. Interactive Video Network (IVN) and at the sites of Minot Air Force Base, West Fargo and Bismarck.
"I'm excited to have Dr. Warmoth join the academic leadership team at MSU," said Gary Rabe, vice president for academic affairs. "Kris is exceptionally qualified, having more than 19 years of experience in different facets of continuing education in higher education. Her vision for the CEL fits closely with the direction MSU is striving for as an institution."
The position of dean of the CEL is new direction for MSU. In the past, the unit has been led by either a director or the assistant vice president for enrollment services. Rabe said that review of best practices in higher education led to the reorganization of leadership roles.
"As we studied operations and effective methods, it became apparent that MSU needed to position the leader of CEL as a dean to realize the university's new strategic plan, Vision 2013," said Rabe.
Minot State University is also conducting a search for an assistant vice president for enrollment services and admissions.
Rabe said Warmoth will be responsible for enhancing online courses and programming, determining the best method to serve distance students at remote sites, and exploring new program options. She will also play a primary role in developing and sponsoring new professional and community education conferences and seminars at Minot State University.
Warmoth's additional experience includes 11 years as the continuing education program administrator at MiraCosta Community College, Oceanside, Calif. In that position she oversaw and coordinated approximately 120 non-credit course sections, supervised 60 non-credit course instructors, and administered an annual budget of $400,000. From 1992 to 1995, Warmoth also served as the administrative coordinator of MiraCosta's Elderhostel program.
She earned a bachelor's and a master's degree from San Diego State University in speech communication. Warmoth completed her doctoral degree in educational administration at the University of San Diego.