CSLA Assoc. Dean for Student Services


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Cal State L.A. Appoints Associate Dean for
Student Services of the Charter School of Education

Los Angeles, CA -- December 29, 1995 -- California
State University, Los Angeles has appointed Gary A. Best
as Associate Dean for Student Services of the Charter School of
Education, effective January 2, 1996.

After completing a bachelor's degree and two teaching credentials
in 1961 and a master's degree in 1965 from Cal State L.A., Best
earned his doctorate at the University of Minnesota and then returned
to Southern California with his wife and daughter. He taught
elementary school-aged children with physical disabilities in
the Los Angeles Unified School District as well as served as visiting
professor to several universities, including those in Michigan,
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, and British Columbia.

Best has been a teacher trainer in special education at Cal State
L.A. for 28 years. He also served as the acting dean of Graduate
Studies and Research at the University and as chair of the Division
of Special Education for two terms.

Best received CSLA's Outstanding Professor Award in 1983, is listed
in Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the
and Who's Who in California. In 1991, he was
selected as a Senior Fulbright Scholar to Taiwan where he also
received the "National Science Council of the Republic of
China Grant" as a visiting foreign scholar. In 1992, he
received the University's Distinguished Alumnus Award/School of
Education and, in 1994, he was named the Alumnus of the Year for
Riverside Community College.

Best has been active in both the professional and lay community.
He has published many articles and books and has served in numerous
state and national professional organizations. Currently, he
is a member of the Special Education Advisory Committee of the
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. He is also currently serving on
the boards of directors of Cal State L.A. Foundation and the Crippled Children's Society
of Southern California, Inc.

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