Lenoar Foster, Interim Dean of the WSU College of Education, Dies - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Lenoar Foster, Interim Dean of the WSU College of Education, Dies

PULLMAN, Wash. - Lenoar "Len" Foster, newly appointed interim dean of the Washington State University College of Education, died unexpectedly late Thursday or early Friday at his home in Pullman.   Foster was 57. The cause of death has not been confirmed.

"This is a profound loss and another tremendous shock to the faculty, staff, and students in the College of Education who are still grieving over the June 26 passing of Dean Judy Mitchell," said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. "Our deepest sympathies are extended to Len's family and friends, and to our colleagues in the College of Education."

"Len provided tremendous leadership to the college during a difficult time," added Warwick M. Bayly, WSU provost and executive vice president.

Foster joined the faculty of the Department of Educational Leadership & Counseling Psychology in 2003. He served as associate dean for three years, overseeing administration, research and graduate studies. He was a nationally known researcher whose interests included school principals, school reform, social-cultural influences in schools, higher education and historically black colleges and universities.

Len received three degrees at the University of Nevada, Reno, including an Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Higher Education.  He did advanced studies at Stanford University, where he was a William Coe Fellow in American History. 

His many accomplishments included editing "The Black College Review: Research, Policy and Practice."  A former high school principal and curriculum coordinator, he was active in the National Association of Secondary School Principals. In 2007, he won the National Service Award from Division A (Administration, Organization, and Leadership) of the American Educational Research Association.

Information about funeral arrangements will be provided when it becomes available, including posting on the College of Education Web site, http://education.wsu.edu/.

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