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New Humphrey School dean is Eric Schwartz

Eric P. Schwartz will be the new dean of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Schwartz, who is now assistant secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration in the U.S. Department of State, will start the new job Oct. 10.

He succeeds J. Brian Atwood, who left at the end of last year to head the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

University officials said both university President Robert Bruininks and Eric Kaler, who takes over as president this summer, were consulted in the selection process. The university’s Board of Directors is expected to approve the hire at its June meeting.

Schwartz’s bio, from the University’s release:

Twenty-five years of senior public service experience at the State Department, the National Security Council, the United Nations and the U.S. Congress, as well as in the foundation and NGO communities. He holds a juris doctorate from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar, and a master of public and international affairs degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He earned a bachelor of arts degree with honors at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Schwartz served for many years as a visiting lecturer of public and international affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and was the school’s first practitioner-in-residence. While at Princeton, he taught graduate and undergraduate seminars and workshops dealing with the United Nations, democracy promotion, peace operations, international humanitarian assistance, and recovery and reconstruction after disasters. In addition, he was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Institute of Peace, and a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. His academic and research experience has complemented his leadership as a policy practitioner focusing on international humanitarian affairs, human rights, international organizations and peacekeeping.

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