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SWCC names new dean of students

Published: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 11:08 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 11:40 a.m. CDT

A new dean of students at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) was announced late Thursday afternoon.

Beth Kulow, 30, of Creston will succeed Dr. Matt Thompson — who recently accepted a vice presidency position at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa. Kulow will transition into her new position immediately as classes at the college begin Wednesday.

“We’re excited about getting another year underway and having students back on campus,” SWCC President Barb Crittenden said. “Beth will bring a lot of energy and experience to this position. With students moving into the residence halls and classes starting next week, she starts her position at an extremely busy time of year. We’re looking forward to getting off to a great start and having another good year with students.”

Prior to accepting this position, Kulow served as the southwest regional manager for Iowa STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Education Network. Her overarching goal with the STEM network was creating greater student achievement in STEM subjects and building a stronger workforce in those areas.

The southwest region achieved 98 percent participation during two academic school years under her direction.

Kulow — a native of Mediapolis — has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Illinois University and Master of Arts in Education from the University of Northern Iowa. She lives in Creston with Jared and their 2-year old daughter, Kinsley.

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