SHU Names Graduate College Dean

Dr. Anne Hooghart Begins New Position June 16

Siena Heights University named Dr. Anne Hooghart as its new Dean of the Graduate College. She replaces C. Patrick Palmer, who will continue his responsibilities as SHU’s Vice President for Enrollment. Dr. Hooghart began her new duties June 16, 2010.


Since her arrival at Siena Heights in 2004 as an assistant professor, Dr. Hooghart has directed the master’s and specialist’s degree programs in graduate teacher education and educational leadership. According to SHU Vice President for Academic Affairs Sister Sharon Weber, OP, PhD, Dr. Hooghart’s commitment to quality education, the professional development of teachers, continuous improvement and the expansion of language and culture education in the U.S. and beyond have been important assets to the teacher education program. 


“She brings her broad experience as well as a wealth of enthusiasm to her leadership of the Graduate College and the university,” Weber said. “We welcome and support Dr. Hooghart as she undertakes her new responsibilities.”anne-hooghart.jpg


Dr. Hooghart earned her bachelor of arts degree in Asian Studies in 1989 from the University of Michigan. She completed her master of arts degree in Japanese Studies (with business, education and linguistics concentrations) from the University of Michigan in 1995 and her Ph.D. in Comparative Education from Michigan State University in 2005. Dr. Hooghart has taught at all levels, from kindergarten through graduate college, in the U.S. and Japan, and has also served as a consultant and trainer for Japanese businesses in the U.S. She has taught current and aspiring educators for almost 10 years, including the last six at Siena Heights.


She served as secretary and president of the Japanese Teachers Association of Michigan (JTAM), and has been a member of the Michigan Foreign Language Association (MFLA), the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Battle Creek Area International Relations Committee. 


I have been privileged to work with an outstanding group of faculty, staff, and students in the Graduate College over the past six years,” Dr. Hooghart said. “I welcome the opportunity to contribute in a new way to the continued growth of both the Graduate College and Siena Heights University.”

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