Vision and History

The College of Education and Human Development has proudly been transforming lives since it began. Faculty, staff and students remain firmly committed to enhancing education and health outcomes for all. Through teaching, research and outreach activities, the college strives to provide innovative professional training to its students so they can prepare our future leaders, solve many of our social issues and contribute to the knowledge base of our professional field. Our faculty and students reflect the diversity and complexity of Texas to better serve the needs of our ever-changing local, state, national and global community.

Established in 1969, the College of Education and Human Development first opened its doors to students on Sept. 1, after Frank W.R. Hubert, then dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Texas A&M President James Earl Rudder transformed the Department of Education into the College of Education.

Hubert served as the first dean of the college from 1969 – 1979.

Original departments of the newly formed college included:

  • Educational Administration
  • Educational Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Psychology
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Industrial Education

In 1973, the college moved from the Academic Building to the Marion Thomas Harrington Education Center, where its main offices are still housed today.

Dean C. Corrigan became dean of the college in 1980. Under his leadership, the college revised its degree programs in response to the educational reform movements of the late 1980s.

In 1990, Jane A. Stallings became the first female dean of the college. Six years later, Jane C. Conoley became the second female dean. Under her guidance, the name of the college changed to the College of Education and Human Development to better reflect the breadth of degree programs offered.

Located in Education Plaza, the Shaping the Future sculpture was dedicated in 1999 in honor of the college’s 30th anniversary. The sculpture was the first on campus to feature women and children and is symbolic of the teacher’s role in molding and shaping the lives of students.

Douglas J. Palmer, who had served as executive associate dean under Conoley, was named dean in 2006 and served for 9 years. During his tenure, Palmer worked to expand the leadership role of the college and broaden student centered initiatives and international learning opportunities.

In June of 2015, Dr. Joyce Alexander was named the sixth dean of the college. Prior to her time at Texas A&M, Alexander served as Executive Associate Dean in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington. Alexander served as a faculty member since 2005, including Chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology for six years.