UW News

June 5, 2003

Environmental, economic expert tabbed to lead Evans School

Sandra O. Archibald will be the new dean of the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, subject to Board of Regents approval on June 13, Interim President Lee Huntsman announced earlier this week.

Archibald is associate dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, where she has been a professor since 1992. She also served as interim dean of the institute and associate vice provost for faculty development of the university.

She fills the vacancy created when Evans School Dean Marc Lindenberg died of cancer in May 2002.

Holder of a doctorate in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California at Davis, Archibald has published extensively on the environmental effects of economic liberalization in central and eastern Europe. She also is co-author of “Management and Leadership in Higher Education,” and more than 50 articles and book chapters.

Her most recent research focuses on the economics of water, including the politics of water-allocation policy and institutional barriers to improved management. She has served on numerous committees of the National Research Council, focusing on environmental policy issues. She also has served as a consultant to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Interior, as well as numerous other state, national and international organizations. She also has testified before Congress as an expert on issues involving water, energy and food-safety policy.

Archibald is a member of the board of directors of the National Water Research Institute, and serves on other research advisory boards. She has been extensively involved in public service and research designed to support sound public policy and management decisions. At Minnesota, she taught economics for policy analysis, environmental and natural resource policy, and advanced policy analysis.

“Sandra Archibald has the depth of commitment to public service, social justice, environmental sustainability and public-policy research that will enable her to carry forward the momentum of Marc Lindenberg’s work,” Huntsman said. “We are very excited she will be joining the UW and look forward to her leadership of this impressive school.”

Archibald’s appointment would be effective Aug. 1. Her salary will be $195,000.

The Evans School conducts teaching and research in public policy and management, offering a master’s degree in public administration for present and future public-agency directors, policy and budget analysts, community organizers, elected officials, international aid and development managers, environmental and social advocates, and more.

“Public consensus around workable solutions is increasingly difficult to achieve, and the need for an informed and engaged citizenry has never been more critical,” Archibald said. “The Evans School plays an important role in meeting the challenge of public service.”