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Dean Heath

April 3, 2018

Dean Heath ’06, ’14M started his career as a salesman, and in a sense, uses those same skills in his role as a recruitment specialist for the Watson College of Education at UNCW. Like any good salesman, he is an enthusiastic ambassador.

“I wanted to promote a product that could change people’s lives,” he said of the job he’s held since October 2017. In his interactions with high school students, his goal is to help them think about their futures, even if they aren’t interested in teaching. “Perhaps I have inspired them to think about education as a career, or simply to go on past high school and better themselves as a person through higher education,” he said.

Heath’s early jobs included representing a company that sells high school and college rings and cap-and-gown sets. Cape Fear Community College was a client, and his contacts there urged him to apply for an admissions/recruiting position.

“I was hesitant at first, because I didn’t know anything about college admissions, and I was still excited about the prospects of being in the business world,” he explained. He worked for CFCC for almost nine years before coming to UNCW, where he had earned a business administration degree and an M.Ed. with a higher education specialization.

Working on the campus where he spent his undergraduate and graduate years gives him added energy, he said. “Each day on campus I feel like a superhero empowered with the skills and tools to help students reach their goals and unlock hidden potential.”

Some days, he even displays feats worthy of a superhero.

“I have been a student of Hapkido for the past 14-plus years and have been teaching for 10,” he said. “I currently hold a third-degree black belt and train every week.” And yes, he can break a concrete block with his bare hand.

-- Tricia Vance