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Debra Tervala Appointed New Dean of the School of Professional Studies


Dr. Sue Blanshan, vice president for academic affairs, announced the appointment of Debra Tervala as the new dean for Trinity’s School of Professional Studies. Tervala brings to Trinity extensive experience in serving working adults and overseeing academic programs in professional fields of study. Her immediate prior work was at the University of Maryland University College, in the professional practice department of the School of Undergraduate Studies.

debra-tervala.jpgDuring her career, Tervala has developed expertise in teaching, academic and program leadership, academic program development, curriculum development and review, workforce development initiatives, enrollment management, marketing and outreach, and practice in the field of law.

Tervala earned a bachelor of arts in French language and literature and a master of education in educational administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a law degree from the University of Maryland, School of Law, Baltimore.

“Debra Tervala has extensive experience in the academic world, specifically with providing academic programs and services for working adults,” said Blanshan in announcing her appointment. “She is well prepared to understand, appreciate and work well with colleagues in all three of Trinity’s collegiate units.”

The School of Professional Studies offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to women and men with a special focus on professional development. Through the School of Professional Studies, Trinity offers a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of science in nursing, master of science in administration, master of arts in communication, and a master of business administration (M.B.A.).

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