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July 24, 2003

ULM Announces New Endowed Chair in Gerontology

Dr. Carl Renold has been hired as the Joseph A, Bedienharn Endowed Chair in Gerontology for the summer. Dr. Renold's specialization is gerontology, health services and distance education. For the past seven years he has been employed at the University of Southern California (USC) and California State University (Cal State) Fullerton. One of Dr. Renold's responsibilities at USC and Cal State is the development of courses for offering through distance education Dr. Renold's assignment at ULM is to lead the faculty in offering a portion of the master's degree in gerontology by means of distance education. This primarily will be through the adaptation of existing courses to the Internet. Dr. Renold has been working with the ULM administration, Louisiana Board of Regents, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to secure approval for expanding the degree offering by distance education. "We are very fortunate to have someone of this caliber to lead us in the expansion of our degree offering. He is an excellent planner, very knowledgeable about processes and procedures, and enjoys sharing his expertise with the faculty," says Dr. Welch, Head of the Gerontology Program at ULM.

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