Millersville University has announced the appointment of Dr. Lara Willox as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, effective July 1, 2022. Willox takes the place of Dr. George Drake, who retired in 2021.
Willox currently serves as a professor, department chair and interim associate dean in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia. The College of Education at UWG is the 13th largest College of Education in the nation. It includes various programs, including health, community wellness, sport management, speech pathology, leadership and teacher preparation.
In making the announcement, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Millersville University, Dr. Gail Gasparich, praised Willox’s teaching and research, focusing on socially just and responsible education.
“We are delighted to have Dr. Willox join us at the ‘Ville,” said Gasparich. “She will be joining a college that has a rich history at the University. Since 1855, when Millersville became Pennsylvania’s first Normal School, our education programs have been at the forefront in the region. She will be guiding our faculty as our students fulfill their dreams of becoming teachers, school leaders, psychologists, coaches, social workers and more.”
Willox has experience researching social studies education, transformative education, and LGBTQ+ topics in teacher education. She is active in the National Council for the Social Studies, engaged in research-practice partnerships with local school systems, and committed to integrating 21st-century skills in formal and informal learning environments.
Willox is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, earning a doctorate in Culture, Curriculum and Change.