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DILLON — The University of Montana Western has named Deborah Hedeen of Idaho State University as the new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

UM Western Chancellor Beth Weatherby said Hedeen will fit well into the school’s Experience One block scheduling model, in which students take a single class at a time for several weeks rather than a full, multi-course load. 

“I am honored and excited to be joining Chancellor Weatherby in taking the university and Experience One to the next level,” said Hedeen. She did not specify what “the next level” will entail.

Hedeen, one of three finalists for the position, succeeds Interim Provost Sylvia Moore, who served in the slot since July, 2015. Moore chaired the provost search committee.

Hedeen leaves her current job as ISU dean of the College of Education. Previously, she was associate dean of the ISU College of Education and assistant dean of teacher education.

As dean, Hedeen lifted the ISU College of Education from a $364,000 debt to a balanced budget within four years, according to a news release. Under her leadership, she restructured the College of Education to align with the school’s mission and strategic plan.

She received a doctorate of philosophy in special education from Syracuse University, a master of education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., and a bachelor of science in special education and Spanish from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.

Hedeen starts her new job on July 1. The Montana Board of Regents have final approval over her hire.

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