May 22, 2000



Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Alan Lesgold has accepted my offer to
become the Dean of the School of Education effective July 1, 2000.  Dr.
Lesgold earned his Bachelor's degree with high honors in Psychology at
Michigan State University, and his master's and doctorate in Psychology at
Stanford University.  He is currently the Executive Associate Director of
the University of Pittsburgh's Learning Research and Development Center
(LRDC) and also holds appointments as Professor of Psychology and
Intelligent Systems in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).

Dr. Lesgold came to the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 as an Assistant
Professor of Psychology in FAS and a Research Associate at the Learning
Research and Development Center.  He has served as co-director of LRDC's
Computer Facility, director of its Learning Skills Research Unit, and
co-director of the Graduate Program in Intelligent Systems Studies in FAS.

During his distinguished career, Dr. Lesgold has had over 100 articles,
chapters, and books published. He has conducted research in the learning
of complex skills and acquisition of reading skill.  His recent research
efforts have focused on the training of technical workers using
intelligent computer-based coached apprenticeship, the uses of network
technologies for school improvement and professional development of
educators, and educational technology policy.

Among his many honors, Dr. Lesgold was awarded an honorary doctorate from
the Open University of the Netherlands in 1999.   He received the Educom
Medal for lifetime contributions to educational technology, which was
awarded jointly by Educom and the American Psychological Association.  Dr.
Lesgold has been a member of the Soldier Systems Panel for the Army
Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board of the National Research
Council; a member of the Oversight Committee on work force retraining for
the Working Together Consortium of the Pennsylvania Economy League; and
Chair of the Roundtable on Learning, Work, and Assessment of the National
Research Council.

I have great confidence that Dr. Lesgold will provide the dynamic academic
leadership that will be needed to make our School of Education programs as
good as they can possibly become.   Dr. Lesgold shares my belief that we
must strengthen the ability of the School of Education to train teachers
and school leaders and to conduct research aimed at improving schooling.
I am convinced that Dr. Lesgold possesses the necessary talent, energy,
and integrity to build on the School's strengths and priorities.  I look
forward to helping Dr. Lesgold and his faculty define the future of the
School of Education and assist the University in reaching its aspirations
of having an even more outstanding School of Education.

Sincerely,


 
James V. Maher