David Fenell, chairman of the Department of Counseling and Human Services at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has been named interim dean of the university's College of Education.
He will replace La Vonne Neal, who recently accepted a position at the University of Northern Illinois.
Fenell, who's been on the UCCS faculty since 1984, will take over as dean on July 1 and serve for one year, according to a news release. The university will conduct a national search for a permanent dean to start next summer.
Fenell teaches courses in individual and family therapy, and is 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 United States Air Force Academy.
He was a behavioral sciences officer in the Army Reserve, and 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, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan. He returned to the UCCS faculty in 2003.
He was mobilized again in 2006 and served with 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, as command psychologist , 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.