Who the finalists for Humphrey School dean are

Normally, I don’t cover too many leader-selection stories, but the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is pretty well-known.

And the person is likely to be Robert Bruininks’ new boss, I suppose.

The four finalists for dean are:

  • Rosemary J. Avery, Professor and Chair, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University.
  • Greg H. Lindsey, Professor, and Interim Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
  • Edward C. Luck, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • Eric P. Schwartz, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, U.S. Department of State.

The full release from the U:

U of M announces four finalists for dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs

University of Minnesota Provost Thomas Sullivan today announced the finalists for the new dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The new dean will lead the third-oldest public affairs program in the country, which currently ranks 14th among more than 280 schools of public affairs and administration across the United States and sixth among those at public universities.

“From among a diverse and talented pool of applicants interviewed, the search committee has identified four exceptional finalists. Each candidate will visit the Humphrey School for two days in late March and early April to engage in an extensive process of meeting all members of the Humphrey community and to make a public presentation,” Sullivan said.

All candidates’ public presentations will take place at the Humphrey School’s Cowles Auditorium.

The four finalists are:

Rosemary J. Avery, Professor and Chair, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University.

Greg H. Lindsey, Professor, and Interim Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Edward C. Luck, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Eric P. Schwartz, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, U.S. Department of State.

“I encourage all members of the Humphrey School and Minnesota’s public affairs and planning community to participate in the interview process and to provide written feedback directly to the committee on this important hiring decision,” Sullivan said.

Each finalist’s curriculum vitae is posted on the Humphrey School’s website: http://www.hhh.umn.edu/news_events/Dean_Search.html. The public is invited to participate in the public presentation and Q & A forum for each of the four finalists.

Finalist evaluation forms will be available at each public meeting, or one may submit comments via email to binks001@umn.edu. (One can also submit comments via a survey link on the Humphrey school website.) The search committee appreciates efforts to submit feedback by noon. April 6th. All comments will be reviewed by the search committee before the committee’s recommendations are shared with the provost. The new dean is expected to start by fall semester 2011.