Alasdair Roberts has been named the new Director of the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy (SPP) and will join the faculty of the Department of Political Science. The announcement was made by the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, John A. Hird, on March 27. Roberts will officially step into the role on September 1, 2017 and will also join the faculty of the Political Science Department.
Stan Rosenberg, President of the Massachusetts Senate, lauded this appointment, stating "In this political environment, we need all hands on deck to help people understand more and more about how our government works and how good public policy is developed. The appointment of Dr. Roberts brings new vision and energy to this critical work."
Jane Fountain, distinguished professor of political science and public policy, chaired SPP's inaugural director search committee. "Our committee was inspired by Al Roberts' vision for a policy school that prepares a growing number of students for lives of meaningful service and serves the Commonwealth, the nation and international affairs through innovative policy development and analysis," says Fountain. Read more.