Former Macon State education dean named to new post at college

Martha Venn has been named Macon State College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, the college announced Wednesday.

Venn, the founding dean of Macon State’s School of Education, will start work July 1, according to a news release.

Last year, Venn served as senior executive director of education preparation and development for the University System of Georgia’s Office of P-16 Initiatives.

She will replace Barbara Frizzell, who will retire June 30 after 34 years at Macon State.

“I am delighted to have Dr. Venn return to Macon State,” President David Bell said in a news release. “Under her guidance, the college developed one of the strongest teacher education programs in the state.”

Venn was instrumental in the development of School of Education’s bachelor’s degree in early childhood education with dual certification in special education. She also helped introduce a baccalaureate program in middle grades education and select secondary education tracks, according to the college.