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Lancaster Becomes New Foreign Service Dean


April 29, 2010 – Georgetown University today announced Carol Lancaster (SFS’64) as the new dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), effective immediately.

Lancaster began serving as interim SFS dean after Robert Gallucci’s departure this past July, and is the first Georgetown alumna to serve in the position.

“Over her two decades at Georgetown, Carol has come to know a broad cross-section of our faculty and students,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “She has a deep regard for the intrinsic significance of faculty research and for the many ways that scholarship can inform political discourse and discussion, policy and diplomacy.”

As dean, Lancaster brings an extensive background in government -- holding posts as deputy administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, 1993-1996; and as deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, 1980-1981. She also has been a Congressional Fellow, a Carnegie Fellow, a fellow of the American Counsel of Learned Societies, a Fulbright Fellow and a visiting fellow at the Institute for International Economics and the Center for Global Development.

She joined Georgetown’s faculty in 1981, first teaching in the African studies program before joining the SFS faculty in 1989. Over the years she has served as the director of the Mortara Center for International Studies, director of the African studies program, director of the Masters of Science in Foreign Service Program and is a professor of politics with appointments in SFS and the government department.

Lancaster received her Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics in 1972 after graduating from Georgetown.

“As a Georgetown alumna, she appreciates the power and distinction of the SFS undergraduate and graduate traditions of education,” DeGioia said, “and I know that her experience and expertise will be invaluable in her new role.”

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