Paul T. Hill, research professor and director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, has been appointed acting dean of the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University. His appointment is subject to the approval of the Board of Regents at the board’s June meeting.
“I am very pleased that Professor Hill has agreed to take on this important assignment, forced upon us by the recent death of Evans School Dean Marc Lindenberg,” said UW President Richard L. McCormick. “Marc set so many important initiatives in motion, including the Center on Reinventing Public Education. I know under Paul’s leadership, the forward momentum of the school will continue.”
The Center, which is funded by foundations and businesses, studies alternative governance systems for public K-12 education. He is also a nonresident senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Economic Studies Program and is also chairman of the Brookings National Commission on School Choice, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Hill has a B.A. from Seattle University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University, all in political science. Before joining the UW in 1996, Hill was for 17 years a senior social scientist for the RAND Corp. in Washington, D.C. While at RAND he served as director of Washington operations (1981-87) and director of the education and human resources program (1979-80). He was assistant director for policy studies at the National Institute of Education, directing the Institute’s Compensatory Education Study (a Congressionally mandated assessment of federal aid to elementary and secondary education). He also conducted research on housing and education for the Office of Economic Opportunity. He served two years as a Congressional Fellow and Congressional staff member.
The Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs is the University’s graduate school of public administration and public policy. Many of its students go on to become managers, elected officeholders and leaders in government, nonprofit organizations and international nongovernmental organizations.
A committee will be appointed in the next few weeks to conduct a national search for Lindenberg’s successor.