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Future of Children Senior Editor, Christina Paxson, Appointed Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School

To members of the Princeton University community:

It is my great pleasure to announce the appointment of Christine H. Paxson, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, as the Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, beginning July 1. Professor Paxson, who currently chairs the Department of Economics, is a distinguished economist whose work has focused in recent years on health policy in the developed and developing world. She founded the Center for Health and Wellbeing within the Woodrow Wilson School, which has grown under her leadership into a large and vibrant interdisciplinary center for the study of issues related to domestic and global health. During her tenure at the Center she also established popular certificate programs in health and health policy at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. As I reiterate in the attached press release, in every role she has taken on at the university, Chris has exhibited the kind of vision, good judgment and ability to get things done that will be needed to build upon the Woodrow Wilson School's strengths and to steer us toward excellence in interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship.

I am grateful to Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs Douglas Massey for chairing the search, and to the members of his committee who worked so effectively through the spring semester to reach this successful conclusion. I would also like to thank Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Mark Watson for undertaking with such grace, energy and good humor the role of Acting Dean following the departure of Anne-Marie Slaughter to Washington in January. That he did so in a year when he also served on the Committee on Appointments and Advancements is a testament to his stamina and dedication.

Finally I would like to thank Anne-Marie Slaughter for her extraordinary leadership in the 6.5 years that she served as Dean of the School. During her tenure the Woodrow Wilson School broadened its intellectual agenda, strengthened the faculty, and increased its impact on the world of public and international affairs.


Shirley M. Tilghman

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