Colleen Kennedy, dean of the University of Utah's Graduate School of Education, announced Wednesday she will resign and return to faculty.

The resignation of Kennedy, the college's top administrator through the past decade, is effective Aug. 1, 1999. She plans to return to a full-time instructor position in the educational studies department, teaching classroom management and teacher education."After serving as dean for the past 10 years, I believe that I have accomplished my major goals and that the time is right for me, both professionally and personally, to return to my faculty role," Kennedy said in a letter to faculty and staff.

Kennedy earned her bachelor's of sociology and a doctorate and master's degrees in special education at the University of Washington. She has directed the teacher education program and taught at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

A search committee will identify candidates for the deanship.