Ramona Mellott, dean of the Graduate College, has been selected to serve as dean of the College of Education at Northern Arizona University. Her appointment begins Nov. 1.

Provost Laura Huenneke announced the decision after an internal search identified three candidates, who appeared at open forums in mid-September. Dan Kain, vice provost and former dean of the college, served as interim dean since June.

Mellott steered the creation of several innovative interdisciplinary graduate programs including the professional science master’s in Climate Science and Solutions. “In fact, she has become an active leader at the national level in discussions of professional science master’s programs and their impact on both students and regional workforce development,” Huenneke said.

Mellott joined the university in 1991 and has led NAU’s Graduate College since 2007 when it was first separated from the research division. Prior to assuming her role as dean, Mellott was a professor and chair in the Educational Psychology department in the College of Education.

Huenneke said the launch of an internal search for a new Graduate College dean is under way and review of applications will begin Nov. 6. She added that Mellott will retain dean authority for the college during the search period.