new CoE dean

Mark L'Esperance is set to begin his role with JMU on July 1. 

Following a nationwide search, Mark L’Esperance, former professor and chair of the Department of Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education at East Carolina University, will lead JMU’s College of Education beginning July 1.

L’Esperance hopes that his plans to improve the “already strong” foundation of the College will allow it to gain national recognition by emphasizing its impact on innovation, educator preparation, military science and community engagement.

“Based on the solid historical foundation and contemporary impact that James Madison University has in educator preparation and military science, I am very excited about the potential for developing interdisciplinary projects within the College of Education at the university level, across the Commonwealth of Virginia, nationally and internationally,” L’Esperance said in an email.

Additionally, L’Esperance places an importance on forming relationships with students enrolled in the college. He hopes to make both students and faculty confident and comfortable during the transition.

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