Eric P. Schwartz was named dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on June 1, 2011, and will assume his new role on October 10.
Schwartz currently serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration with the U.S. Department of State. He will bring to the Humphrey School 25 years of senior public service experience at the Department of State, the National Security Council, the United Nations, and the U.S. Congress, as well as in the foundation and NGO communities when he arrives in October.
“My whole career has been committed to advancing the common good through a commitment to international humanitarianism, international human rights, and responsible U.S. engagement around the world,” Schwartz told the Minnesota Daily, “and who more than Hubert Humphrey stood for those propositions?”
Throughout the search process, Schwartz’s candidacy received strong and consistent support from faculty members, students, staff, alumni, and Minnesota’s public affairs and planning community. Provost Tom Sullivan made the final decision, with both President Bob Bruininks and President-designate Eric Kaler participating in the consultative process.
Schwartz holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar, and a Master of Public and International Affairs degree from Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs). He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) from Binghamton University (of the State University of New York).