By Craig Chamberlain Jill Doner Kagle will be named dean of the UI School of Social Work on the Urbana-Champaign campus by the UI Board of Trustees at its meeting today in Urbana. Kagle, whose appointment takes effect immediately, has been acting dean since February 1993, when Paula Allen-Meares, left to take a similar position at the University of Michigan. Kagle will continue to hold the rank of professor in the school. In announcing the appointment, Larry R. Faulkner, campus provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, cited Kagle's accomplishments over the previous 20 months, her vision for the future and her record and connections within the social-work community. "She has served extremely well as acting dean during a complicated period of the school's life," Faulkner said. Her appointment began in the middle of restructuring discussions - at the state and university level - that proposed moving or consolidating the School of Social Work, he said. Neither of those options is still under consideration. "She has excellent ideas about how the school can serve the people of Illinois while maintaining very strong educational and research programs," Faulkner said. "I share her enthusiasm for the vision she has projected and look forward to working with her to realize it." Kagle, the president of the Illinois chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, "is very well connected in the social-work community for the things that need to be done right now," Faulkner said. She has worked extensively during her term as acting dean to bring professional training and other assistance to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. "That's an example," Kagle said, "of what we'd like to do with other departments in the state." Kagle said she wants to continue to emphasize the role the school has played in professionalizing social-service agencies in the state, and in providing greater access to graduate social work education. To do that, the school will continue its current program of offering first-year graduate education in two different communities each year, she said. Kagle earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan, and her doctorate from the UI. She began her academic career at Illinois State University in 1971, and joined the UI faculty in 1978.