UMN announces new Humphrey School dean

Current Associate Dean Laura Bloomberg will take over the post in June pending Board of Regents approval.

Max Chao

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs announced Monday that Laura Bloomberg will be its next head dean.

Bloomberg, a current associate dean at Humphrey, will serve a two-year term starting in June, pending Board of Regents approval. She will be the first woman to hold the position.

“I love this school. We are on a great path. We have done fantastic things in recent years and I think we’ve got amazing momentum and I want to be a part of continuing that momentum,” Bloomberg said.

The move comes after current dean Eric Schwartz announced last month he would resign to become president of Refugees International, a refugee advocacy group.

“I think [Bloomberg is] an extraordinary, superb leader who understands the mission of the school and has a broad vision while, at the same time, understands that in order to translate vision into results, you have to roll up your sleeves and work,” Schwartz said.

Bloomberg holds a doctorate in educational policy and administration and a master’s in educational psychology. She has served as associate dean of the Humphrey school since 2013.

As dean, Bloomberg said she hopes to maintain the school’s trajectory by focusing on making a pipeline for students of color and disadvantaged students as well as communicating the school’s research to the public.

Bloomberg’s two-year term will be followed by a national search for a new dean in 2018.

The leadership switch will also include a new associate dean, who is expected to be announced later this week.