Gary Bayens, associate dean of applied studies at Washburn University, has been named interim dean of Washburn University Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech). He replaces Dean Clark Coco who retired at the end of June.
“I am grateful to Dean Coco for his incredible leadership over the past seven years,” said Jerry Farley, president of Washburn University. “I have every confidence that Dr. Bayens will keep the momentum that has been built at Washburn Tech as we continue to change the lives of students and enhance the skilled workforce in our community.”
In his role as associate dean of applied studies, Bayens has worked to guide, direct and oversee the school's educational programs. He has been a long-time leader in pursuing Washburn's mission and advancing the success of faculty and students.
Bayens earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Washburn University, a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in criminal justice with interdisciplinary study in political science from The Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has more than 25 years of classroom experience in traditional, online and blended learning environments.
During the past several years, Bayens has worked closely with Washburn Tech administrators by coordinating articulation efforts and collaboration among academic programs. As a strong proponent of technical education, Bayens says he is excited to join the Washburn Tech team which has become a national model for excellence.
“Some of the best talent in the industry is right here on the Washburn Tech campus. I am excited to be part of this team as we prepare for another academic year,” said Bayens. “In addition, the recent opening of Washburn Tech East sets the stage for new opportunities in the delivery of technical education and I am looking forward to being involved in the future growth.”
The search for a permanent dean will begin in the fall.