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Lisa Anderson, Political Scientist and Expert on Arab World, Named Dean of International and Public Affairs at Columbia

Lisa Anderson, professor and chairman of the Political Science Department at Columbia University and a leading authority on the Middle East and North Africa, has been named dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia. The appointment, which takes effect April 1, was approved by the University Trustees after an international search and announced by Columbia President George Rupp today. "Professor Anderson is an insightful teacher and scholar and a talented administrator who has the vision to build the strengths of the School of International and Public Affairs - strengths that directly embody the identity of Columbia as a premier urban and international university," President Rupp said. Professor Anderson will succeed John G. Ruggie, who stepped down as dean in June after five years to resume full-time teaching. Douglas Chalmers, professor of political science, has served as acting dean while a 12-member search committee chaired by Gerald Curtis, also professor of political science, conducted a comprehensive international search for a new SIPA leader. The committee, whose members included senior and junior faculty and one student, has examined candidates from universities, government and the not-for-profit arena since May. "It is especially rewarding when an internal candidate prevails in such a process, competing successfully against the best national benchmarks who expressed interest in the deanship," said David H. Cohen, vice president for arts and sciences at Columbia. "There are important challenges ahead for SIPA, including enhanced research and the development of a vigorous fundraising effort. Professor Anderson is a skillful leader with a keep analytic ability, a high level of administrative professionalism and a deep knowledge of Columbia. I am confident that her vision and skills will bring the school to a new level of eminence." The school, part of the arts and sciences construct, which trains students for careers as foreign affairs and public policy professionals in government and the private sector, marks its 50th anniversary this year. Professor Anderson said her goal will be to continue to build upon the school's reputation for excellence by enhancing its world-class research capacity. "The changed international political arena, including growing doubts about the welfare state and about how much government can or should do, clearly shows that the world is a very different place than it was 50 years ago when SIPA was created," she said. "My ambitions for SIPA are not only to educate tomorrow's leaders in foreign affairs and government but also to help frame the choices they will confront in the 21st century through revitalized scholarship, conferences and contacts in the public and private sectors throughout the world." The school, one of Columbia's 15 professional schools leading to advanced degrees, was founded in 1946 as the School of International Affairs to train diplomats, intelligence analysts and other government foreign affairs professionals. Its eight regional institutes cover nearly every part of the globe and includes the world-renowned Harriman Institute, whose focus is Russian studies. The name of the school was changed in 1981 to reflect the addition of a second degree, the Master of Public Administration, which provides the students with the technical training required for government and public service. Today, the school graduates about 300 students yearly in the Master of International Affairs program and about 90 in the Graduate Program in Public Policy and Administration. Professor Anderson earned a Ph.D. in political science at Columbia in 1981, and, after teaching at Harvard University for five years, joined the Columbia faculty as an associate professor in 1986. She became full professor with tenure in 1990 to 1993 and had served as chairman of the Political Science Department since 1994. A leading academic expert on Libya and Moammar Qaddafi, Professor Anderson has written widely in scholarly publications on politics in the Arab world, including Arab nationalism, the politics of Islam, the prospects for democracy in the Arab world, liberalism in North Africa and U.S. foreign policy in the region. In addition, she is a frequent commentator in the mainstream press on political developments in the Middle East and guest on influential news and broadcasts and programs. She is the author of The State and Social Transformation in Tunisia and Libya, 1830-1980 (1986) and co-editor of The Origins of Arab Nationalism (1991). Professor Charmers will continue as acting dean during the transition period. "An acting dean can choose to be simply a caretaker but Doug Charmers did not do so," Vice President Cohen said. "He engaged the leadership of the school with thoughtful vigor. For that, we are all deeply grateful." 11.18.96 19,009