Three new deans recently joined the University of Maine. Penny Bishop is dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Norm O’Reilly is dean of the Graduate School of Business, and Diane Rowland was named dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.
Bishop was previously a professor of education and former associate dean at the University of Vermont’s College of Education and Social Services. She specializes in middle-level teacher education and co-directs the Middle Grades Institute, which provides annual professional development to educators.
Bishop fills the dean position held in the interim for the past two years by Mary Gresham.
O’Reilly, a former professor and assistant dean at the University of Guelph, is a leading scholar in the business of sports. Prior to joining UMaine, he served as assistant dean of executive programs in Guelph’s Gordon S. Lang School of Business & Economics. Before that, he chaired the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University.
Executive Dean of the Maine Business School Faye Gilbert previously served as interim dean of the graduate program.
Rowland comes to UMaine from the University of Florida, where she was professor of crop physiology and department chair. A graduate of Orono High School, she worked as a research plant physiologist and lead scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Georgia before joining the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Rowland takes the position held by interim dean Mario Teisl.