Jean K. Quam named dean of the College of Education and Human Development
Provost Thomas Sullivan today named professor Jean K. Quam as dean of the College of Education and Human Development, subject to approval by the University's Board of Regents at its November meeting. She has served as interim dean of CEHD since October 2008.
"Dean Quam has served with great distinction as interim dean," Sullivan said. "It is clear that she enjoys extensive support from within CEHD and beyond. She is a leader of calm and careful judgment, with strategic vision, and, very importantly, she has that very special set of skills needed to share and help realize that vision."
Quam holds a Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She conducts research broadly in the fields of aging and marginalized populations. Quam has been active in professional organizations including the state and national organizations of the National Association of Social Workers, the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, the Council on Social Work Education and the American Society on Aging.
"I'm honored to serve the University of Minnesota and to lead the College of Education and Human Development forward into the future. As dean, I am eager to continue our work on creating an 'engaged college' internally and externally by further diversifying the college and our disciplines, being innovative in all that we do, and last but not least, in deepening our excellence in research," Quam said. "Our college is ready, and I'm ready to help each and every one of us to pursue our full potential and our vitally important mission."