New Dean to Lead UB’s College of Public Affairs
A University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee professor and academic leader has been named the new dean of the University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs, effective Aug. 1. Stephen L. Percy, professor of political science and urban affairs, director of the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research and acting dean of the School of Public Health, was selected by a UB search committee following a national call for a successor to Larry Thomas, who stepped down as dean of the College of Public Affairs and returned to the faculty at the end of the 2011 fiscal year.
UB established the College of Public Affairs along with the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences last July, creating two distinct units to house all of the degree and certificate programs that the former Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts comprised.
“We are delighted that Stephen Percy is joining us at UB. He has an impressive history of great accomplishments, and we look forward to his effective leadership in our new College of Public Affairs,” UB President Robert L. Bogomolny says. “We have long been known for our programs in public administration, criminal justice, health and human services and related areas, and I expect that [Percy] will increase the University’s presence in these key professions as they relate to our daily lives.”
Having devoted his 22-year career at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee to research and activities in public policy, urban services and urban politics, Percy is perhaps best known for his work on the Milwaukee Idea, the Wisconsin campus’s efforts to engage with its urban environment to strengthen the community while advancing the institution’s teaching and learning goals. Percy also led planning efforts for that university’s new School of Public Health and served as acting dean of the school during its founding years.
Percy holds a Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in government from Hamilton College.