This academic year began with Prof. C. Kurt Zorn serving as the interim dean of SPEA, since former dean Astrid Merget left to become the provost and executive vice president of Louisiana State University in 2007. Thus, an arduous search for a new dean began. Led by Charles Bantz, chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, a search committee of 15 members set out to interview candidates for a new dean for SPEA.
Throughout the year, both students and faculty guessed who and when SPEA will have a new dean. This issue also received attention due to the fact that new rankings in the U.S. News and World Report was coming out this year as well. Pursuant of SPEA’s new ranking, John D. Graham was named SPEA’s new dean, which will come into effect on August 1st. Dr. Graham served as a Harvard University faculty; in addition, he has also worked with White House Office of Management and Budget, to name a few of his accomplishments. With his experiences in university and governmental settings, many students look forward to what Dr. Graham has planned for SPEA as dean in the upcoming years.
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