Peter Vaughan: Dean of the School of Social Service at Fordham

Dr. Peter B. Vaughan, Associate Dean at the Penn School of Social Work, has been named Dean of Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service, effective October 15. Dr. Vaughan will succeed Dean Mary Ann Quaranta as she steps down from the office of Dean after 25 years.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Peter," said Penn School of Social Work Dean Ira Schwartz, "one that he so richly deserves." "He has been a trusted advisor and the absolute best associate dean in the country. His shoes will not be easy to fill," added Dean Schwartz.

Dr. Vaughan's life-long commitment working for equality and constructive social change for all persons, especially those of color, will complement and enhance Fordham's mission to promote social justice and social change. Fordham President Joseph A. O'Hare, S.J., noted the extraordinary leadership Dr. Vaughan brings with him to the School of Social Service.

Since 1981 Dr. Vaughan has made the Penn School of Social Work his professional home base, first as associate professor and then, since 1987, as associate dean. During the 1991-92 school year, Dr. Vaughan served as acting dean of the School. In 1994-95 he served as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks Ceasar Chavez Visiting Scholar at Wayne State University.

During his tenure at Penn he consulted and offered countless in-service trainings in the public and private sectors, reviewed grant proposals for the U.S. Department of Education and served as a chair and reaccredidation site team member for the Council on Social Work Education. Chairing and serving on numerous local, regional, and national boards, Dr. Vaughan's current memberships include: Eagleville Hospital and Foundation Board, the National Advisory Committee of the Local Initiatives Funding Partners Program at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Princeton, NJ), the Board of Trustees of the Visiting Nurses Association of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia Community Collaboration Board, the Board of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Community Out-Reach Center, and the Department of Veteran's Affairs Advisory Committee (Washington, D.C.). His most recent Penn service includes: Chair of the President's Advisory Council on Affirmative Action and the Diversity Fund Grant Review Committee, and member of the Evaluation Team of the African American Resource Center. In addition he participated in a number of University search committees.

Through his association with the West Philadelphia Collaborative Program for Child Health and the Cultural Asset Bridging and Building Collaborative (a primary prevention and health promotion program), Dr. Vaughan has made immeasurable contributions to the health and welfare of young persons, especially in the West Philadelphia community. His outstanding commitment to excellence in social work education has benefited countless students, faculty, and staff affiliated with the School.

Dr. Vaughan has twice been recognized with an "Excellence in Teaching Award" by Penn Social Work students and earlier this year, received an Honorary Alumni Recognition Award from the School's Alumni Association in recognition for his invaluable contributions to the School of Social Work.

Dr. Vaughan received his Ph.D. in social work and psychology and his M.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan, an M.S.W. from Wayne State University, and a B.A. in sociology from Temple University.

In accepting the appointment, Dr. Vaughan expressed his delight to be such an integral player in shaping the lives of so many future Fordham graduates. He said, "I am deeply honored to have been chosen for what seems to me to be the most exciting job in higher education. It is no small accomplishment to be given such a wonderful opportunity to guide the next generation of social work professionals into the future."

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 4, September 19, 2000

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