By Craig Chamberlain Mildred Barnes Griggs has been appointed dean of the UI College of Education pending approval by the board of trustees at its July 13 meeting in Urbana. She began her new duties as dean July 1. Griggs, a UI professor of vocational and technical education and the director of the college's Office for Cultural Diversity, was selected as the result of a nationwide search. She succeeds P. David Pearson, dean since 1989, who resigned to become the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Education at Michigan State University. Griggs also is the UI site director for the National Center for Research in Vocational Education, based at the University of California at Berkeley. In announcing Griggs' appointment, Larry R. Faulkner, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, noted her years of experience and accomplishment within both her profession and the university. "Her personal strength, integrity and balance were especially impressive to those who participated in the search process," Faulkner said. "The years ahead will be marked by opportunities and challenges for which her character and experience are well suited." Griggs earned a bachelor's degree from Arkansas A. M. & N. College, Pine Bluff, in 1963, and a master's degree and doctorate from the UI, in 1966 and 1971 respectively. A member of the UI faculty since 1970, specializing in home economics, she was acting chair of the department of vocational and technical education from 1986 to 1987. She became director of the Office for Cultural Diversity in 1991.