Dropping the “Interim,” DeGioia appoints Carol Lancaster as SFS Dean

Interim Dean Carol Lancaster has been appointed the Dean of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, “effective immediately,” according to an e-mail just sent out by President John DeGioia.

Lancaster, an SFS graduate who recieved her PhD from in International Relations from the London School of Economics, has worked at Georgetown since 1981. She first worked in the African Studies department, moved over to the SFS in 1989, and has served as Interim Dean of the SFS since April 2009.

During her time at the University, Lancaster has “served as the Director of the Mortara Center for International Studies, Director of the African Studies Program and Director of the Masters of Science in Foreign Service Program,” according to DeGioia’s e-mail.

Dean Lancaster also worked as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the early 1980s and as the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development in the mid-1990s.

“I very much look forward to our continued work together and the dynamic leadership she will bring to the School of Foreign Service,” DeGioia added.

After the jump, we’ve posted President DeGioia’s full e-mail.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

It is with great pleasure that I write to announce that, in close consultation with Provost James J. O’Donnell, I have appointed Carol J. Lancaster as Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, effective immediately.  As you know, Dean Lancaster has served as Interim Dean of the School of Foreign Service since Robert Gallucci’s departure this past summer, and we are deeply grateful for her longstanding dedication to our community.

Dean Lancaster graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 1964 and received her Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.  She has been a member of the Georgetown faculty since 1981, first in African Studies before joining the SFS faculty in 1989.  Over the years, she has served as the Director of the Mortara Center for International Studies, Director of the African Studies Program and Director of the Masters of Science in Foreign Service Program.  Dean Lancaster has also had an extensive career in government, including roles as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1993 to 1996 and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 1980 to 1981.

As a Professor in the School of Foreign Service with a joint appointment in the Department of Government, Dean Lancaster has come to know a broad cross-section of our faculty and student communities.  She has a deep regard for the intrinsic significance of faculty research and for the many ways that scholarship can shape policy, diplomacy, and civil society.  As a Georgetown alumna herself, she appreciates the power and distinction of the SFS undergraduate and graduate traditions of education.

Dean Lancaster has published numerous books and articles on the politics of foreign aid, the politics of development, and development in Africa.  She has consulted for the United Nations and the World Bank, and she serves on the boards of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Vital Voices, the Society for International Development, the American University of Afghanistan, the Center for International and Regional Studies (SFS-Q), and the advisory board for the Center for Global Development.

She has been a Congressional Fellow, a Carnegie Fellow, a fellow of the American Counsel of Learned Societies, a Fulbright Fellow, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for International Economics and the Center for Global Development.  She is a member of the American Political Science Association, International Studies Association, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

I am grateful to the search committee, led by Professor Angela Stent, for its commitment to conducting an inclusive national search and identifying the very finest leader for the SFS.  Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Dean Lancaster as she assumes the deanship on a permanent basis.  I very much look forward to our continued work together and the dynamic leadership she will bring to the School of Foreign Service.

You have my very best wishes.

Sincerely,
John J. DeGioia

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7 Comments on “Dropping the “Interim,” DeGioia appoints Carol Lancaster as SFS Dean

  1. I’m just glad Reardon-Douchebag didn’t get it. Congrats to Dean Lancaster!!!!!

  2. “Reardon-Douchebag” did not want to the position. And Dean Lancaster was one of the biggest supporters to the changes in the MAP curriculum.

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  4. If he didn’t want it, why’d he apply for it?

  5. IMHO map should just be harder. I say yay to the sfs for trying to move past the cold war. Maybe, maybe we can start to turn our focus from like post communism and eastern Europe and stuff and start focusing on environment, business and “development” instead.
    We can’t lose our strength in like diplomacy and security because we have such a natural and long standing advantage in it. But seriously it’s a problem that our center for European studies isbigger than our center for the environment. Mayb

    i say the new map is a poorly taken step in the right direction

  6. I know I’m two weeks late, but what a horrible choice. Lancaster does not have the balls or the clout of a Bob Gallucci. SFS needs a leader who can play with the big boys. I took Gallucci’s class as a sophomore and went to see him at office hours, as I was going in someone very important came out with a security detail, he looked familiar but I couldn’t place him. I went home and googled, it was none other than Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell. He had come to see Gallucci *at Georgetown*.

    We need someone as the leader of SFS who can command the attention of policymakers in a way like that, rather than some no-name former deputy director of USAID.

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