Fels Center: Dr. Sherman

The Fels Center of Government has a new director and a new auspices in the University, moving from GSFA to SAS as Dr. Lawrence Sherman takes office this month as director of the Fels Center. He will also be the Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations, and is "just the distinguished scholar and practitioner to ensure that the Fels Center will provide superior graduate education to those interested in public service and leadership," Provost Robert Barchi said in announcing the appointment to the Trustees.

Dr. Sherman comes to Penn from the University of Maryland, where he has been the Distinguished University Professor and chaired the department of criminology and criminal justice. He is an alumnus of Denison University who took a master's degree in social science from Chicago, a diploma in criminology from Cambridge, and his Ph.D. in sociology from Yale. He began his long career in public service as an Alfred P. Sloan Urban Fellow in the office of New York Mayor John Lindsay in 1970. He has also served Mayors Stephen Goldsmith of Indianapolis and Donald Fraser of Minneapolis, and is currently advising Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney. A frequent expert witness before the U.S. Congress and state legislatures on crime prevention policy, he is the author of four books and hundreds of scholarly articles in his field, and has received awards for distinguished scholarship from the American Sociological Association, the American Society of Criminology, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

The Albert M. Greenfield professorship, designated for a distinguished scholar in the field of human relations, was created in 1972 by a gift from the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation to carry on the humanitarian vision of the late Mr. Greenfield, who chaired the board of Bankers Securities Corporation and the Philadelphia Planning Commission.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 1, July 13, 1999