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Whitworth University Appoints New Dean of School of Education

March 7, 2019
Whitworth University is proud to announce Ronald Jacobson, Ph.D., has been appointed dean of the School of Education.

Jacobson was most recently the executive director of the Central Washington University School of Education. Prior to that appointment, he was dean of Northwest University’s College of Education. In addition, Jacobson spent a number of years at Northwest University as an assistant/associate professor teaching undergraduates in the university’s B.A. programs, as well as graduate students in its master’s in teaching and master of education programs. Jacobson has been involved with mentoring college and university students for most of his career.

“I am delighted that Dr. Ronald Jacobson will be leading Whitworth’s School of Education as dean,” says Whitworth University Provost and Executive Vice President Carol Simon. “He brings a deep understanding of Christian higher education and long-standing statewide involvement in teacher preparation policy in Washington state.”

Jacobson earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington. He received a master’s degree in applied theology from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., and a bachelor of science degree in economics from Central Washington University.
His research interests include school bullying, educator preparation, moral development and classroom culture.

Jacobson's first day as dean of the School of Education will be July 1. He is thrilled to join the tradition of excellence at Whitworth and looks forward to working with students, staff, stakeholders and faculty to face the challenges and opportunities ahead.

“Whitworth University’s School of Education has a storied tradition in our state. As one of the region’s strongest producers of certified educators in Washington, Whitworth continues to influence thousands of P-12 students on a daily basis,” Jacobson says. “In a day of lingering teacher shortages across the P-12 system, Whitworth’s School of Education has an unprecedented opportunity to not only make a difference, but to lead in ways that change the game. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together in the years ahead.”

Jacobson’s wife, Michele, has served as a special education teacher in the Edmonds School District and currently works as a non-tenure track instructor at Central Washington University in elementary and special education. The couple has two grown children, Katie and Andrew. Katie and her husband, Ivan, are working musicians in New York City, and Andrew works as a software developer in Bellevue, Wash.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or