Carol Lancaster Becomes First Alumna to Hold Dean's Post
Carol Lancaster (F ’64) is the new dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia announced Lancaster's appointment in April after an extensive national search.
Lancaster – who had been interim dean since July 1, 2009 – becomes the first Georgetown University alumna to hold the post and the School's ninth permanent dean.
"She appreciates the power and distinction of the SFS undergraduate and graduate traditions of education," DeGioia said.
In remarks following the announcement, Lancaster described her intentions for SFS: to "maintain our strengths, but also adjust and change and move forward. It's an exciting time" to assume the leadership role, she said.
"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."
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.
Lancaster joined Georgetown’s faculty in 1981, teaching in the African Studies Program before joining the SFS faculty in 1989. She has served as the director of the Mortara Center for International Studies, director of the African Studies Program and director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program; she 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. In addition to previous permanent deans, three regents – including SFS founder and namesake Edmund A. Walsh, S.J. – have also led the School since its establishment in 1919.