CEHS mourns loss of former dean

It is with great sorrow that we share the news of Dr. Anne H. Nardi’s passing on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Dr. Nardi served in many positions at CEHS, including her roles as interim dean and dean from 2002 to 2008.

“Dr. Anne Nardi was a long-standing faculty member and administrator in our College,” said Gypsy Denzine, dean of the College of Education and Human Services. “She left a true legacy and we all benefit from her outstanding service as dean. Dr. Nardi was committed to student success, modeled high standards in all tasks, lived the WVU Land-Grant mission and truly loved being a part of the WVU community. She was kind and generous in sharing her time and wisdom. The entire Nardi family is closely tied to the WVU family.”

Nardi earned her BA in in French from Trinity College (Washington, D.C.), in 1964, her MA in behavioral disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1966 and her PhD in life-span developmental psychology from West Virginia University in 1971.

Nardi had a storied career at the College of Education and Human Resources (now CEHS), including serving as chair of the Department of Educational Psychology from 1985 to 1996, as associate dean for academic affairs from 1997 to 2002, and as interim dean and dean of the college from 2002 to 2008.

In 2008, Nardi returned to the faculty as a professor of educational psychology until her retirement in 2014. She briefly came out of retirement in 2015 to serve as interim chair of the Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development.

Outside of CEHS, Nardi was the director of the Center for Guided Design, a fellow in the International Society for Exploring Alternatives to Teaching and Learning and a member of the board of directors for the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning. She was also an active member of the West Virginia Teacher Education Advisory Committee.

Even after her retirement, Nardi remained a tireless supporter of CEHS and regularly attended College events. Her commitment to West Virginia University was honored in 2016 when she was inducted into The Order of Vandalia, a recognition bestowed upon the most loyal servants of West Virginia University.

Nardi’s loss is deeply felt by all current and former CEHS faculty, staff and students who knew her.


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