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UCF Names New Dean of College of Health and Public Affairs

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By Karen Guin

Michael Frumkin, dean of the School of Social Work and Human Services at Eastern Washington University, has been named dean of UCF's College of Health and Public Affairs.

He will begin at UCF on July 1.

"Dr. Frumkin is a national expert in the area of social work and has a wealth of experience that will add to the excellence of the College of Health and Public Affairs," said Terry Hickey, UCF's Provost and Executive Vice President. "He is an accomplished scholar and we look forward to Dr. Frumkin joining our UCF family."

Frumkin has taught at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash., since 1991, when he joined the faculty as a professor of social work and director of the university's social work and human services' program. He was appointed dean of the school in 1998. He has also held faculty positions at Boston University, the University of Minnesota and Florida State University.

At Eastern Washington University, he was instrumental in expanding the social work program. Under his leadership, the number of faculty positions nearly tripled, the budget grew by more than 500 percent and the program became a stand-alone school with a stature comparable to a college at UCF.

From 1992 to 1995, Frumkin was president of the Council on Social Work Education, the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the nation.

"It is an honor to be named the Dean of the College of Health and Public Affairs and to become part of a college and university that is committed to building community partnerships focused on improving people's lives," Frumkin said. "Building on the existing accomplishments of the college, my goal is to work with our faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners to strengthen our programs and enhance our ability to truly make a difference."

One of UCF's 11 colleges, the College of Health and Public Affairs offers undergraduate and graduate academic programs that prepare students for careers in health care, speech-language pathology, social work, criminal justice, law and public administration. Many of the college's faculty and students conduct research that focuses on improving the quality of life for citizens and communities.

Frumkin has published widely and made many conference presentations in the areas of social welfare policy, administration and social work program development. He has also generated more than $25 million in external grants and contracts primarily to support social work education.

He earned his bachelor's degree from New York University, master's degree from the University of Michigan and doctorate in social policy from the Florence Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Frumkin replaces Joyce Dorner, who has been interim dean of the college since 2006.

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