VCU names dean of School of Education

Andrew P. Daire, Ph.D.
Andrew P. Daire, Ph.D.

Andrew P. Daire, Ph.D., has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education, effective June 1. He currently serves as the associate dean for research in the College of Education at the University of Houston.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Daire join the VCU leadership team,” said Gail Hackett, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs at VCU. “His extensive background in research and his enthusiastic style of leadership will complement the outstanding record of the faculty in VCU’s School of Education and add to the momentum of the school's positive trajectory.”

Prior to his current appointment, Daire served more than 14 years in teaching, research and administrative leadership roles in the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida where he also earned the rank of professor of counselor education and school psychology. He began his career in clinical counseling at Stetson University.

In addition to more than $16 million in sponsored research funding, Daire has authored more than 50 publications and presented at 80 professional conferences. He has also conducted counselor training and evaluation workshops in Germany, Kenya and Jamaica. His research interests include couple, relationship and family issues, career development and STEM.

“I must say that VCU’s commitment to community engagement struck me the most and I am excited about being part of taking the VCU School of Education to its next level of excellence and impact,” Daire said. “I look forward to bringing my experiences, passion, energy and leadership as dean.”

Daire holds a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in mental health counseling from Stetson University and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and school psychology from Florida State University.

About VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 30,000 students in 233 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Twenty-two of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 11 schools and three colleges. The VCU Health brand represents the VCU health sciences academic programs, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, and MCV Physicians. The clinical enterprise includes a collaboration with Sheltering Arms Institute for physical rehabilitation services. For more, please visit and