Washtenaw Community College trustees last night named Paul R. Hunt, now director of federal vocational programs for the Detroit Public Schools, as the college's deán of occupational education. The appointment was made by a unanimous vote of the five trustees present and will be effective April 4. The salary for this post, one of five top administrative posts under the president, is $19,500. College President David H. Ponitz, in recommending the appointment, stated that one of the main goals of the college will be the development of full scale technical, industrial and semi-professional programs which will meet the needs of business, industry and individuals in the college service area. Hunt, who lives in Northville, will bring to the college "a breadth of experience which will be beneficial to the college as it develops a broad spectrum of occupational courses," Ponitz said. While in the Detroit school system, Hunt has supervised job upgrading programs, vocationa1 rehabilitation projects and federally supported vocational courses. Each year more than 30,000 students and adults have received vocational training under his supervisión. Some of the fields in which he has either had training himself or supervised training of others are automotive engineering , automotive mechanics, practical nursing, dental technology, pharmaceutical assistance, statistical control, electronic data processing, aircraft maintenance, maintenance engineering, production welding, food service, and the building trades. Hunt completed his bachelor's, master's and doctor of education degrees from Wayne State University. His doctoral thesis, prepared under a Ford Foundation grant, was entitled "The Effectiveness of Job Upgrading Methods and Adjusting the Aspirational Level of Youth as It Concerns Preparation to Enter the World of Work." While in Detroit he was a technical consultant for the Community Action for Detroit Youth Committee. He is a member of the Michigan School Holding Power Committee, the Michigan Committee on Unemployed Out-of-School Youth, and the Detroit Metropolitan Manpower Advisory Committee. He has also been a member of the State Department of Education Research Coordinating Committee lo develop courses in vocational education. Ponitz said that all five of his top administrators had worked together last weekend for the first time and said he was "most impressed with their performance together." Trustees Ralph C. Wenrich, a University professor of vocational education, and Evart W. Ardis, director of the WM Bureau of Appointments, both commented that the college is fortúnate to obtain the services of a person with Hunt's experience and education. Both knew the new deán before his appointment.
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