Tabitha Grier-Reed seated on a bench outside.
Tabitha Grier-Reed

The University of Louisville has selected an expert in student development, faculty governance and cultural inclusive practices to lead the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) as permanent dean.

Tabitha Grier-Reed, associate dean for graduate education and faculty development at the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota (UofM), Twin Cities, will begin Aug. 5, pending a tenure vote by UofL’s CEHD faculty and approval by the UofL Board of Trustees.

“Dr. Grier-Reed brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our institution, and I am confident that she will contribute significantly to the continued success and growth of the College of Education and Human Development,” said Provost Gerry Bradley.

A licensed psychologist, she spent 16 years in the faculty ranks at UofM in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning and most recently in the Department of Family Social Science before joining the dean’s office in 2021.

Prior to her academic career, she worked as an adviser for TRiO Student Support Services for five years. She is past president of the Minnesota Psychological Association, a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a distinguished teaching professor at UofM. With her research primarily centered in higher education, Grier-Reed’s scholarship focuses on the well-being of diverse young people, including the cultivation of spaces that promote flourishing and cultural health.    

“Deep alignment and noble purpose culminated in my decision to join CEHD at UofL, an environment that shares my commitment to diversity and inclusion, student success and advancing educational outcomes, especially for first-generation, Pell-eligible college students,” Grier-Reed said.

She earned a PhD and master of arts in educational psychology from UofM Twin Cities Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology Program in the Department of Educational Psychology. Grier-Reed also attended Tuskegee University where she earned a bachelor of science in psychology.

“I am ready to lead with agility, respect, integrity and transparency. Let’s live out our Cardinal values and create a community of care for our students, staff and faculty as we co-create the future of CEHD,” Grier-Reed said.