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New dean of UNC's School of Education will be Fouad Abd-El-Khalick

UNC announced today that the new dean of the School of Education will be Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, who currently works at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

At his community forum on campus in February, Abd-El-Khalick said he wants to focus on training STEM educators — including taking advantage of UNC's proximity to the Research Triangle and partnering directly with local schools.

In Illinois, Abd-El-Khalick helped get funding for a program called EnLiST, which promotes science and engineering in K-12 education and has seen particular success among African-American students.

In February, he also talked about improving teacher diversity to keep up with increasing diversity in classrooms.

His appointment is effective July 1.

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