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Veteran education Deborah Bilzing brings a wide range of experience to her new role as director of Lakeland College's counseling degree program.
Bilzing comes to Lakeland from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, where she served as director of the State Personnel Development Grant, General Supervision Enhancement Grant and Comprehensive System of Personnel Development for Special Education. She also worked as a school counseling consultant for DPI.
She will be responsible for managing Lakeland's master of counseling program, which offers tracks in community counseling (state-licensed), school counseling (state-certified) and higher education counseling. She will recruit, hire, train and evaluate all faculty, and coordinate curriculum and assessment within the program.
Lakeland's master of arts in counseling program is one of four graduate programs offered by the college and enrolls more than 300 students throughout the state.
Bilzing has a bachelor's degree in physical education/health, a master's in school counseling and a doctorate in educational leadership. She holds certifications in educational administration/curriculum and instruction and as a district superintendent.
Prior to her work at DPI, she was an adjunct professor for Lakeland and Concordia University, Wis., worked as an elementary and junior high school counselor, as school district/community wellness and prevention specialist and as a private consultant on alcohol and drug abuse prevention.
"We're excited about the years of experience that she brings to the position - both in her own practice and in her work with the state Department of Public Instruction," said Meg Albrinck, Lakeland's interim vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college. "We hope her collaborative leadership will help create dialogue among instructors and students throughout the state."