Associate Dean Alan Deardorff to lead International Policy Center on interim basis

January 4, 2012
The Ford School's International Policy Center has a new interim leader, as Associate Dean Alan Deardorff has agreed to serve as Interim Director.

Founding IPC director Jan Svejnar will leave the University of Michigan to join the faculty of Columbia University as director of the newly-established Center for Global Economic Governance. Jan founded the International Policy Center here at the Ford School in 2005, with input and support provided along the way by a number of University of Michigan faculty. The Ford School is grateful to Jan for his hard work, vision, and leadership.

With Alan's leadership, the IPC will continue its involvement in a number of important activities. Associate Professor Dean Yang continues to direct the weekly EDTS (Economic Development and Transition Seminar) in partnership with the Economics Department and the Ross School. The IPC has a number of public speakers lined up for the winter term. In addition, the IPC is providing support for the Ford School's major international learning initiatives, including the IEDP trip and Assistant Professor Phil Potter's contemporary Chinese policy course and study trip.

The IPC is also helping to host a major international conference next October, as Dean Yang serves as the faculty organizer for the annual BREAD conference.

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