Kunkel named Dean of the School of Education

Kunkel named Dean of the School of Education

May 11, 2016, 8:00 a.m. CDT
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Peru, Nebraska- Dr. Ellie Kunkel has been named the Dean of the School of Education at Peru State College. Kunkel began working at Peru State College in 2003.

Dr. Dan Hanson, president of Peru State College said, “Dr. Kunkel has demonstrated excellence in the classroom and as Interim Dean. She has a tradition of focusing on student success and a vision for building and even stronger education program. This past year, as Interim Dean, she led the School’s exceptional accreditation review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.”

“We are very pleased to appoint Dr. Kunkel as Dean of the School of Education at Peru State College.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve Peru State College and the School of Education in this capacity. The quality of teacher preparation at PSC is excellent. I am privileged to have the opportunity to work alongside faculty and staff to prepare our students for successful careers serving others,” said Kunkel.

Most recently, Dr. Kunkel served as the Interim Dean of the School of Education after returning from a hiatus where she was the Interim Coordinator of Teacher Education at Fortune School of Education in Sacramento, California.

Kunkel’s career includes over 35 years in education including fifteen years teaching physical education in Missouri high schools and more than ten years of teaching at the collegiate level. Kunkel has also worked in college administration with service to the University of Central Missouri as the Director of NCAA Compliance and as Interim Director of Athletics at Peru State College.

She earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Central Missouri before earning an Education Specialist degree at Middle Tennessee State University and her doctorate from Tennessee State University.


Dr. Ellie Kunkel

Dr. Ellie Kunkel




For more information, visit www.peru.edu or call 1-800-742-4412.

About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks” is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017.  Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs.  Similarly, the college’s ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region.  Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.