Dean Laura Bloomberg Honored for ‘Extraordinary Leadership’
November 22, 2017—The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Minnesota has awarded Humphrey School of Public Affairs Dean Laura Bloomberg with its Distinguished Alumni Award for her “extraordinary leadership as a faculty member, academic officer, and dean.” Bloomberg received the award at a ceremony November 16, along with 22 other alumni honored for the distinction they have brought to their professions and communities.
“I am deeply honored by this recognition,” says Dean Bloomberg, who earned a PhD in education policy and administration from CEHD. “The individuals honored alongside me have distinguished and long records of serving their communities in a number of ways, and I am humbled to be among these admirable leaders.”
Recipients of CEHD’s Distinguished Alumni Awards span a diverse range of academic disciplines and career paths and include business and civic leaders, counselors and social workers, educators and activists. They have all made a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, families, schools, and organizations.
In congratulating the award recipients’ “exceptional achievements in their careers and communities,” CEHD Dean Jean Quam acknowledged all alumni. “We wouldn’t be in this great company without thousands of loyal alumni like you giving back their expertise, advocating for us, and succeeding in their professional and personal lives. Thanks for all you do.”
Bloomberg became dean of the Humphrey School in June 2017, after serving as associate dean for four years. As the School’s principal academic officer, she led efforts to launch a Master of Human Rights degree, support the global expansion of the Humphrey School, and establish a Foundations for Success summer prep program for incoming students, among other accomplishments. She has taught courses on leadership and management, educational innovation, and program evaluation.
Her research and policy work focuses on community-based leadership, public value creation, cross-cultural dialogue, and educational policy. She currently serves on the executive council of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), a membership association of graduate programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs.
Prior to joining the Humphrey School in 2007, Bloomberg was a school district administrator and principal of a K-12 urban magnet school. She has also served as a local school board member in Mahtomedi, Minnesota. Read more about Dean Bloomberg.