Dean of College of Urban and Public Affairs steps down after nine years
Author: Scott Gallagher
Posted: February 12, 2013

Dear Colleagues:

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 with each of you to help advance the mission of Portland State.  I look forward to continued progress on our shared interests over the next several months. 

At the completion of my duties as Dean I will start a sabbatical as a Senior Public Health Fellow at the Moore Institute at OHSU and a Senior Scholar at the Berkeley Media Studies Group.  These organizations represent the two substantive areas to which I need to commit the final part of my career-- the science on the developmental origins of health and disease and the framing of public policy and community initiatives to promote the public’s health. 

 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.  I will continue to be part of the Portland State community and look forward to returning at the end of my sabbatical.  I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with each and every one of you and anticipate potential collaboration on future initiatives in my continuing work with PSU.

Lawrence Wallack
Dean, College of Urban and Public Affairs