Advisory committee named for Ford School dean search


Provost Laurie K. McCauley has named a 14-member advisory committee to assist in the search for the next dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

The committee of faculty, staff, students and an alumnus has been tasked with conducting a broad search and recommending an unranked slate of candidates to the provost.

The next dean will succeed Michael Barr, who stepped down as dean July 18 to serve as vice chair for the supervision of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Celeste Watkins-Hayes, associate dean for academic affairs, has served as interim dean since July 19.

In an email to colleagues announcing the search, McCauley said, “I look forward to the selection of a new dean who will further enhance the school’s research and education.”

The advisory committee will be chaired by John Ciorciari, associate dean for research and policy engagement, professor of public policy, and director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and the International Policy Center, Ford School.

In addition to Ciorciari, the committee includes:

  • Huda Bashir, master’s student of public policy, Ford School; master’s student of public health in epidemiology, School of Public Health.
  • Michael Deeter, undergraduate, Ford School.
  • Catherine Hausman, associate professor of public policy, Ford School.
  • Broderick Johnson, alumnus, Law School; executive vice president at Comcast; former partner at Bryan Cave; former assistant to the president and former White House cabinet secretary for President Barack Obama; chair of My Brother’s Keeper task force.
  • Sue Johnson, chief development officer, Ford School.
  • Stephanie Leiser, lecturer in public policy, Ford School.
  • Ann Chih Lin, associate professor of public policy, Ford School; Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Professor of Chinese Studies, LSA; director of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, International Institute.
  • Jonathan Overpeck, Samuel A. Graham Dean and William B. Stapp Collegiate Professor of Environment Education, School for Environment and Sustainability.
  • Shobita Parthasarathy, professor of public policy, and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program, Ford School; professor of women’s and gender studies, LSA.
  • Natasha Pilkauskas, associate professor of public policy, Ford School; faculty associate, Population Studies Center, Institute for Research.
  • Kaitlin Raimi, associate professor of public policy, Ford School; associate professor of psychology, LSA; faculty associate at Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research.
  • Stephanie Sanders, diversity and inclusion officer, and lecturer IV in public policy, Ford School.
  • Dean Yang, professor of public policy and economics, Ford School; professor of economics, LSA; research professor, Population Studies Center, ISR.

The committee will partner with the Isaacson, Miller executive search firm, and Heather Mozes, project manager in the Office of the Provost, will provide staff support.

The committee’s first meeting was Nov. 8. To nominate prospective candidates or ask questions of the committee, email For more information about the school, go to


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