College of Community and Public Affairs Dean Patricia Ingraham greets guests last September at a reception for faculty, staff and supporters to mark the opening of the University Downtown Center one year after the building was flooded.
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Patricia Wallace Ingraham, founding dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs, has announced she will retire from her position, effective June 12, 2013.
A public policy expert and formerly distinguished professor of public administration at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Ingraham has been dean of CCPA since August 2006. She received her doctorate in political science/policy science from Binghamton University in 1979 and taught in the University’s political science department. She also holds a master’s degree from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College.
“Academia has been a critical part of most of my life and I have loved the students, the learning, the colleagues and the opportunities,” Ingraham said. “Creating and growing CCPA has been one of the most remarkable of those opportunities and I have enjoyed it more than I can tell you.”
Under Ingraham’s leadership, CCPA has strengthened its departments in human development, public administration and social work, and added a department in student affairs administration. CCPA has also developed a number of international partnerships, gained recent approval to offer a PhD in community and public affairs, developed a program in sustainable communities, collaborated with the Public Service Learning Community in Hinman College, move into the University Downtown Center (twice!) and created a new “community” for its students.
“As founding dean of CCPA, Pat has transformed a promising idea into reality by working with her faculty colleagues to build a very strong school in a short time” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald Nieman. “Her fellow deans and I will miss working with her, even as we wish her the best for a happy, fulfilling and well-deserved retirement.”
During the next several weeks, Nieman will identify a senior faculty member to serve as interim dean of CCPA while the University begins a national search for a new dean. He has asked for nominations for interim dean.