MSU School of Social Work Director, Dr. Steven Anderson, recently accepted the position of Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Anderson will be returning to the school where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work and was an assistant professor and an associate professor from 1997 to 2010.
"It has been a wonderful opportunity to serve as Director of the MSU School of Social Work. It is a great place, and I am very appreciative of the consistent high quality work and efforts of so many people here. I likewise am thankful for the strong support I have received from the School and MSU during my directorship, and for the many kindnesses extended to my family and me. While I am looking forward to my new position at UIUC, I will miss this place very much," said Dr. Anderson.
It is clear that he will be missed as well. At the final school meeting of Dr. Anderson's tenure, several faculty members came to the podium to recount stories of how he has led the School in positive ways, encouraged their work, or advised on a difficult situation. Executive Secretary, Pat Talbot, presented parting gifts and told of her appreciation of her time working with Dr. Anderson.
Dr. John Mooradian, who joined the School of Social Work faculty in 2005 and has served as Associate Director of the School since 2015 will take over as the Interim Director.