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Letter from Dean Wallack

Lawrence Wallack, Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs, announced last week that he is stepping down at the end of the summer. A faculty member since 1999, Wallack has served as dean for the past nine years. A PSU professor of public health, Wallack will go on sabbatical as a Senior Public Health Fellow at the Moore Institute at Oregon Health & Science University and a Senior Scholar at the Berkeley Media Studies Group.

I have decided to step down as Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at the end of this summer.  This has been a remarkable nine years for me.  I am grateful for every day I have been able serve in this capacity and work to help advance the mission of my College and Portland State University.  Thank you for the support you have provided during my tenure as Dean.  Your generosity has enhanced our programs and has made an impact on the lives of our students and the communities they will go on to serve. In September I will start a sabbatical as a Senior Public Health Fellow at the Moore Institute at Oregon Health and Science University and a Senior Scholar at the Berkeley Media Studies Group in California.  

At the Moore Institute I will work on synthesizing, translating and applying the biological and social science findings on the developmental origins of health and disease at the community, regional, and state level.  Working with the Berkeley Media Studies Group I will focus on framing this knowledge to enhance effective communication about the significant policy implications.  I believe that “developmental origins” is the ultimate equity issue in our society and it is on that topic that I will dedicate the rest of my career.  At the completion of my sabbatical I anticipate continuing in a leadership role with the PSU – OHSU Strategic Alliance.

As you can appreciate, I have given this decision long and careful thought, and I know that this is the right path at the right time for me.  I am very excited about the future and look forward to doing everything I can to make a difference in this world. The process to initiate a national search for the next Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs will begin this spring.  I encourage you to continue to follow the work of the College and support its students and programs.  

 

Sincerely,

Larry Wallack, Dean