Meet Dr. Darrell Garber, Dean of the College of Education - Anyone greeting Dr. Darrell Garber, Dean of the College of Education, will be immediately impressed with his congenial smile. And though he is the head of one of KU’s colleges, somehow the high school English and reading teacher in him (his first career position) continues to shine through.
Dr. Garber’s career has taken him to schools and universities throughout the South. He was a language arts supervisor in New Orleans, an associate professor of curriculum and educational leadership at Louisiana Tech University, associate professor of educational leadership at Louisiana’s Northwestern University, chair and professor of the School of Education at Northern Kentucky, and dean of the College of Education at Tennessee Tech University before coming to KU three years ago.
“This is such a beautiful campus,” Dr. Garber said. “I feel at peace each time I walk across it.”
Today the dean provides leadership for the college’s academic programs, serving approximately 2,500 students. Additionally, he coordinates the accreditation with NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) and serves as the university’s liaison with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, among a multitude of other duties.
“The faculty and staff at KU are wonderful work partners,” he said, “and the students are delightful. I enjoy each day here.”
If the saying “look on the bright side of life” ever applied to anyone – Dr. Garber would be the perfect example. Perhaps his sunny disposition is partly due to the fact that he has spent some of his life a little closer to the sun than most of us.
"I have been a licensed commercial pilot, instrument rated, and a flight instructor,” he said. “About five years ago, my wife said I could have a boat instead of an airplane. We are on our third boat now!”
After moving to the Keystone state, the music of Penn’s woods captured his imagination, and the boat remains berthed in South Carolina, where his “cute, cute granddaughter” lives.
“During my first winter in Pennsylvania, I was looking at the Christmas tree, and I noticed my mother’s guitar sitting in the corner as a decoration. I remembered that when I was 16 years old, I told her I would learn to play her favorite song ‘Wildwood Flower.’ So I bought a guitar that Christmas week, and started taking lessons. I practice before and after work, just to relax. And yes, I can play ‘Wildwood Flower’ now.”
The American Grill at the Academic Forum is now open - Drop by for breakfast or lunch today. See below for our hours of operation for the duration of the summer as well as this week's lunch menu in South Side Cafe.
Through Friday, Aug. 26:
AMERICAN GRILL at AF:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
SOUTH SIDE CAFE:
Monday - Friday
Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Dinner 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Brunch 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dinner 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
This Week's Lunch Menu at South Side Cafe:
*Salad Bar, Grill, Pizza, Pasta, Deli & Desserts will also be available!
Monday - Chicken Noodle Soup, Hot Turkey Sandwich, Green Onion Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Corn
Tuesday - Italian Wedding Soup, Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich, Tater Tots, Italian Green Beans
Wednesday - Beef Barley, Beef BBQ Sandwich, Steak Fries, Cauliflower
Thursday - Turkey Rice Soup, Meatball Sub, Rice Pilaf, Broccoli Polonaise
Friday - Manhattan Clam Chowder, Chicken Nuggets, Macaroni & Cheese, Sauteed Carrots