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April 17, 2019

Univ. St. Joseph hires outgoing education commissioner Wentzell

Photo | Contributed Dianna Wentzell with Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

Dianna Wentzell, the state’s outgoing education commissioner, has accepted an interim position at the University of St. Joseph leading clinical education, according to school officials.

The private Catholic college, based in West Hartford, on Tuesday afternoon said Wentzell this summer will become its interim director of clinical education.

Wentzell has led the state Department of Education since 2015, and began serving on an interim basis in January when Gov. Ned Lamont was inaugurated. The governor has not yet named Wentzell’s replacement as a national search for her successor continues.

During her tenure, school officials said Wentzell focused on reducing the achievement gap, implementing higher testing standards and increasing racial and ethnic diversity among educators.

She brings more than 30 years of teaching and administrative experience to the 87-year-old institution, which began admitting male students last fall to address declining undergraduate enrollment.

“This University is a leader in teacher preparation because of how it integrates real classroom clinical practice throughout the education and teacher licensure programs,” Wentzell said in a statement. “New thinking is being applied to the preparation and placement of classroom teachers, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

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