Humphrey Institute searches for new dean

Just got this from the University of Minnesota:

Tom Sullivan, the University of Minnesota’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, today appointed a committee to begin the search for a new dean for the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. In January 2011, current dean Brian Atwood will take leave from the university to become chair of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Development Assistance Committee in Paris. Professor Greg Lindsey was appointed on Nov. 23 as the interim dean of the Humphrey Institute.

Provost Sullivan has appointed David Wippman, dean of the university's Law School and William S. Pattee Professor of Law, to chair the search committee, whose members are:

  • Ragui Assaad, professor, Humphrey Institute

  • Barbara Crosby, professor, Humphrey Institute

  • Frank Douma, research fellow, Humphrey Institute

  • Gwendolyn Freed, vice president for marketing and communication, Gustavus Adolphus College, and president, Humphrey Alumni Board

  • Edward Goetz, professor, Humphrey Institute

  • Lawrence Jacobs, professor, Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies, and director, Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey Institute

  • Aara Johnson, president, Humphrey Student Association

  • Samuel Myers, Jr., Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice, Humphrey Institute

  • Arthur Rolnick, senior fellow, Humphrey Institute

  • Kate Rubin, vice president of social responsibility, United Health Group, and member, Humphrey Dean’s Advisory Council

  • Jodi Sandfort, associate professor, Humphrey Institute

  • Kathryn Sikkink, Regents Professor, Political Science

  • Deborah Swackhamer, co-director, Water Resources Center, and Charles M. Denny Chair of Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Humphrey Institute

  • John Tunheim, judge, United States District Court, and chair, Humphrey Dean’s Advisory Council

The committee will work with a search firm to identify a group of semi-finalists. The position will be advertised nationally and internationally. Finalists will be invited to meet with faculty, students, staff, the Humphrey Institute’s Advisory Council, alumni and the Alumni Board, and the broader university community.

“Brian Atwood is leaving the Humphrey Institute with a deep and secure foundation of excellence and achievement” said Sullivan. “Having consulted with Humphrey faculty, senior fellows, staff, students, and the leadership of the external Advisory Council and Alumni Board, the institute is united in seeking a dean of outstanding stature and leadership ability. All are agreed that the new dean must continue to build on the Humphrey Institute’s powerfully positive institutional momentum in its leading role in the world of public affairs.”

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