Fall Update from Interim Dean Crespo
As classes begin once again this fall and a new group of students step onto the Portland State University campus for the first time, I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some news from the College.
I am proud to share that our faculty have been hard at work this past year -launching the Urban Sustainability Accelerator project, leading our nationally ranked programs in the Hatfield School of Government, and collaborating with the World Health Organization on aging, health, and the built environment. Our students and alumni also continue to amaze us, from planning a strategic revitalization for the South Kelso area to leading the Portland Police Bureau's training efforts. The College is only as strong as those who invest tirelessly in its success, and I am continually impressed and grateful for the efforts of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends, and community partners.
There have also been some changes in the College's leadership. Larry Wallack, after nine years as Dean, has returned to teaching and pursuing public health research in conjunction with OHSU. I am serving as interim Dean as the University conducts a national search for Dean Wallack's permanent replacement, with hopes of bringing finalists to campus this fall. In my absence, Leslie McBride is serving as the interim Director of the School of Community Health. We also are pleased to welcome Robin Michell as the new Assistant Dean and Professor Sy Adler as the interim Associate Dean.
The start of school brings with it exciting energy and opportunities, and we appreciate your continued support and involvement with the College. I look forward to sharing with you all of our news and accomplishments throughout this transition.
Interim Dean Carlos Crespo