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A University of Illinois administrator whose academic background is in special education has been named dean of the University of Utah Graduate School of Education.

Colleen S. Blankenship was appointed by the U. Institutional Council Monday to succeed Council Cecil G. Miskel., who resigned last summer to take a position at the University of Michigan. She will be the U.'s second female dean. The other is Dr. Linda Amos, dean of the College of Nursing.Blankenship is executive director of the Council on Teacher Education at the Champaign, Ill., campus. At Illinois she coordinates 48 programs in six colleges that prepare students for teaching, school adminstration and other public education careers.

She has done extensive writing and research on teaching math to people with learning disabilities and on behavioral therapy with special education students. From 1976 to 1984, she was coordinator of the University of Illinois Specialized Instruction Teacher Education Program.

Blankenship has been associate editor and co-editor of an academic journal, "Teacher Education and Special Education," and won the Illinois College of Education Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

She received her doctorate from the University of Washington in Seattle.