Dr. Steven Permuth was appointed as the fourth dean of the College of Education in 1994. Prior to his service at USF, Dr. Permuth served as Dean of the College of Education at Cleveland State University in Ohio. One of his major responsibilities upon arriving at USF was to work with the College of Education Building Committee, the USF Facilities Planning, and College of Education faculty to complete the renovation of the existing College of Education building, the new College of Education building, the Anchin Center and the second floor of the Stavros Center.
Dean Permuth was a proponent of distance education courses being offered online by the College of Education. During 1997, 40 distance education courses were offered by the College of Education. Approximately 500 students enrolled in such classes each semester.
In addition, Dean Permuth appointed Joe Tomaino to be the Development Officer for the College of Education. During this time, the College of Education Development Council was established. Also, Dr. Permuth and Mr. Tomaino established endowed scholarships as well as the Migrant Student Scholarships for College of Education students.
Dean Permuth’s central administrative faculty members from 1994 to 1997 consisted of Dr. Ed Glickman, Associate Dean for Administration; Dr. Constance Hines, Associate Dean for Programs; and Dr. Dick Puglisi, Assistant Dean for Education and Business Partnerships. In 1996, Dr. Jane Young joined the team as Assistant Dean for Student Academic Services.
Upon resigning as Dean in 1997, Dr. Permuth joined the faculty of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and continues to teach future school administrators.
Dr. Permuth described in his enjoyment of returning to his work as a professor after nearly two decades as an administrator. In his interview he stated, “But again, nothing more than the classroom satisfies me in many ways. Teaching and being with students is a rare opportunity. A large number of our students are becoming administrators in schools and we’re everyday getting calls saying, ‘I’ve been appointed a principal’ or, ‘I’ve been appointed an assistant principal.’ We’ve had very good fortune with three or four of our people becoming superintendents of schools. It’s just a delight and my basic comment again for the College of Education is that our purpose is really to think about the people we are educating more than we are ourselves and I think we’ve done a pretty good job of that.”