Pamela Cress named social work dean

to fill position after Wilma Hepker's retirement

By: Kristi Spurgeon

Pamela Cress, a faculty member at Walla Walla College since 1996, has been named dean of the Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology. Cress will step into the position in September, following the retirement of the school’s founder, Wilma Hepker.

Cress has been a member of the social work faculty for 10 years, and has served as field coordinator and assistant dean of administration. She completed undergraduate and graduate studies at WWC, and recently received a doctorate from Andrews University. Her dissertation was entitled “Administrator perceptions of Internet-based distance education in Adventist college’s and universities: A mixed-method study.” Cress received the national Association of Social Worker’s Washington State Teacher of the Year award in 2005 and is a member of the International Honor Society, Pi Lambda Theta.

In addition to her work in education, Cress’s primary interests lie in the areas of administrative social work, policy issues, filed practicum, and bereavement.

“Dr. Hepker has built a strong legacy of quality social work education here at Walla Walla College. It is a privilege to be asked by the faculty to continue the good work that she started over 30 years ago,” says Cress. “I look forward with anticipation to the joys and challenges of this new position.”

There are approximately 300 students and 23 faculty members in the Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology, on campuses in College Place, Wash.; and Billings and Missoula, Mont. All social work programs at WWC are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

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