Touro University names new assistant dean of College of Education and Health Sciences

Vallejo Times-Herald
5/5/2020

After conducting a national search, Touro University California (TUC) has named Dr. Louise Santiago as the assistant dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences as well as the director of the Graduate School of Education (GSOE) within that college.

“I’m honored to have been chosen by Touro’s Hiring Search Committee,” said Santiago in a statement released by the university. “I look forward to working with the Dean and GSOE faculty to increase our ability to prepare the education leaders of tomorrow to teach with integrity, serve their communities, and lead their school administrations and classrooms as innovative and culturally responsive educators.”

Santiago will co-lead a $300,000 nationwide grant funded by the Gates Foundation among others entitled US Prep. TUC was one of 20 colleges selected in the nation for the program that seeks to fundamentally change the way teacher preparation is offered in school systems to better prepare teachers to meet students’ needs.

“I look forward to working even closer with Dr. Santiago in her role as Assistant Dean,” said College of Education and Health Sciences Dean Dr. Lisa Norton in the same Tuesday news release. “I know she will further the GSOE program’s mission to prepare diverse and talented teachers and administrators who will offer innovative solutions to the complexity facing today’s students and schools.”

Santiago has served as the Educational Administration Program coordinator and chair for the last five years, which is a growing GSOE program that prepares students for leadership roles throughout the entire K-12 spectrum.

The program has established partnerships with the Vallejo, Napa Valley, Fairfield-Suisun, and Vacaville school districts and offers courses taught in a wide range of administration subjects including budget planning, the functioning of school boards, and the management of educator teams.

Prior to this, Santiago worked as a TUC adjunct instructor since 2008 helping to develop educational leaders.

Santiago previously served as the director of the Mare Island Technology (MIT) Academy charter school in Vallejo. There she managed the building of a new campus from infrastructure to classrooms and established a culture of trust and achievement leading to its designation as a California Distinguished School. As a nationally recognized principal, Santiago also spent seven years coaching other principals and superintendents across the US and Australia.

“I would like to congratulate Dr. Santiago in her new leadership roles,” said TUC CAO and Provost Dr. Sarah Sweitzer in the same release. “I know she will continue to instill in our students a passion for being leaders in their community who act as lamplighters carrying on the Touro values of social justice, a pursuit of knowledge, and service to humanity.”

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