UCCS College of Education has new interim dean

By Staff


The chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a retired U.S. Army colonel will be the interim dean of the university's College of Education.

David Fenell, a faculty member since 1984, will serve as dean beginning July 1 and continuing until June 30, 2011. A national search for the permanent dean will be conducted in 2010-11.

"David has provided outstanding leadership and service to the College of Education and the campus for many years," Provost Peg Bacon said. "I appreciate his willingness to serve the college through this transition."

Fenell replaces La Vonne Neal, who recently accepted a position at the University of Northern Illinois.

Fenell teaches courses in individual, group and marriage, and family therapy. He is currently revising his family therapy textbook, "Counseling Families: An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy." His most recent publications and national presentations focus on effective counseling interventions for combat veterans and their families. He developed and directs a one-year intensive master's degree program taught primarily by College of Education faculty to prepare Air Force officers to assume command of cadet squadrons at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

A behavioral sciences officer in the Army Reserve, Fenell was mobilized in October 2001, serving as the deputy and later director of the Psychological Applications Directorate, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. In 2002, he was deployed to Afghanistan and served as the command psychologist with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan. He returned to the UCCS faculty in 2003. He was mobilized in 2006 and served with 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, as command psychologist with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula in Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal for each of his combat tours. Fenell returned to the university and retired from the Army in January 2007.

Fenell joined the UCCS faculty in 1984 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and professor in 1994. He earned a Ph.D. in counselor education from Purdue University, a master's in education from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor's in physiology from Oklahoma State University. He completed a post-doctoral internship in counseling psychology at Texas A&M University.