Woman May Replace

Air Force School Dean

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- A woman has been nominated to replace an Air Force Academy dean who was criticized for failing to recognize a growing sexual assault problem at the school.

President Bush nominated Col. Dana H. Born to replace Brig. Gen. David A. Wagie, dean of faculty since 1998, the school announced Friday.

Wagie, who was cleared by the Pentagon of any wrongdoing, will retire Aug. 1.

If confirmed by the Senate, Born will be promoted to brigadier general and become the first woman to oversee instruction at the academy, which has about 4,000 cadets, said academy spokeswoman Capt. Kim Melchor.

Born, a 1983 graduate, has been professor and head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership since 2002. Before that, she commanded the 11th Mission Support Squadron at Bolling Air Force Base.

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-- From News Services