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College of Human Ecology

Durband named director of FSHS

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dorothy (Dottie) Bagwell Durband, founding chair of the Department of Community, Family and Addiction Services in the College of Human Services at Texas Tech University, has been named director of the School of  Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University.

Dottie Durband

Dottie Durband

John Buckwalter, dean of the College of Human Ecology, made the announcement saying, "I am extremely excited that Dr. Durband will be joining us. She brings a breadth of experience and expertise. Her leadership will be a critical asset as we strive to provide a transformational education experience to our students and move toward K-State 2025."

Her appointment is effective in July.

Durband received a doctoral degree from Virginia Tech in 2000. She has a master's degree in family studies from Texas Woman's University and a bachelor's degree in family life and environment from Louisiana State University.

She is a professor in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech in Lubbock and founding director of Red to Black, the financial coaching program at Tech. She has been a manager for the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Fort Worth and of the Gulf Coast Area in Texas.

In 2013 she was recognized as one of the Top 25 Women Professors in Texas and has received the Texas Tech University System Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award and the College of Human Services Outstanding Organization Advisor Award.

"I am honored to serve as the next director of the School of Family Studies and Human Services. I look forward to what we will accomplish together," Durband said.

Durband has received nearly $2.9 million in external funding in the areas of financial planning and Early Head Start programs. She has published broadly in the area of financial planning and counseling  and was editor, with K-State's Sonya Britt, of Student Financial Literacy: Campus-Based Program Development.

She is an Accredited Financial Counselor.

Undergraduate programs in the School of Family Studies and Human Services consist of early childhood education, general family studies and human services, communication science and disorders and personal financial planning. Graduate programs add marriage and family therapy and life-span human development. Master of Science degrees also are available through distance learning in family and community services, personal financial planning and youth development.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families, Institute of Personal Financial Planning, K-State Family Center.