Combes named associate dean for academic affairs and research

The College of Education is pleased to announce that Bertina Hildreth Combes has been named associate dean for academic affairs and research effective June 1, 2015.

"Dr. Combes has excellent skills for leading as associate dean, including grant expertise, mentoring students and faculty; and curriculum development," said Dean Jerry Thomas. "I am delighted that she has agreed to serve the college and UNT in this important role."

Combes' research interests include educator preparation, transitioning of students with disabilities in to post-secondary setting and issues related to diversity in education. She is the inaugural recipient of the Ulys & Vera Knight Mentor Award, which recognizes faculty members who demonstrate excellence in mentoring students and faculty. Combes is also the recipient of other university awards including the President's Council Teaching Award, SGA Honor Professor and the Alton Thibodeaux Leadership in Diversity Award.

"It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve the College of Education, its faculty, staff and students," said Combes. "I look forward to promoting our college and excellent academic programs. It is an exciting time to be at UNT and I am committed to being fully engaged here in the college and university."

Combes previously served as the associate dean for educator preparation and academic affairs for the College of Education. In addition, she was the coordinator for programs in special education from 2002 to 2009. She has worked at UNT since 1989.

She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987 and her M.Ed. from the Southern University at Baton Rouge in 1983 and also studied at Louisiana State University. She received her B.A. from Oral Roberts University in 1980.

Combes replaces Mike Sayler, who has accepted the position of Dean for the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University.


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By Jessie Laljer, UNT's College of Education Development and External Relations Office
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