Dr. Edward F. Lawlor, dean and the William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, has announced his decision to conclude his deanship on June 30, 2016.
During his tenure, Dr. Lawlor has led the Brown School through a period of significant growth that culminates this fall with the dedication of Hillman Hall, a new facility that more than doubles the school’s space for teaching, research and community engagement. Under his leadership, the school’s faculty has grown significantly, its research program has doubled, and new degree programs have been created. Lawlor played a critical role in the 2008 launch of the university’s Institute for Public Health, and served as its founding director for five years concurrent with his term as dean
“Leading the Brown School has been the privilege of my life,” Dr. Lawlor said. “To participate in the growth and change of the past decade has been exhilarating. For personal reasons, this is the right time to make this change, and I am confident that the school is poised for its next great run.”
Dr. Lawlor, who has served as dean since 2004, will remain at the university as the Gordon Professor, and a national search for his successor as dean will be conducted, according to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton.
“No one in America has served more effectively as the most senior leader of a school of social work and public health during Eddie’s years of service,” Wrighton said. “He crafted a compelling plan for this era that has already been implemented in substantial measure, and with great success. He is leaving a remarkable legacy of excellence.”