School Leadership

Dean Laura Bloomberg

Laura Bloomberg, PhD, has served as dean of the Humphrey School since June 2017. Prior to her appointment to dean she served as associate dean for four years, during which time she led efforts to support the global expansion of the School, establish a national pathway program for college students underrepresented in public affairs programs, launch a Master of Human Rights degree program, and develop the Mandela Washington Fellowship program to support young leaders from countries across Africa. Bloomberg's research focuses on community-based leadership, program evaluation, public value creation, cross-cultural dialogue, and educational policy. She has consulted on program evaluation and education policy initiatives in Canada, China, Cyprus, and in countries across Africa and the European Union, as well as across the United States. Bloomberg serves on the executive council of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), and chairs its Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation. Read more about Dean Bloomberg.

Associate Dean Catherine Squires

Portrait of Catherine Squires

Catherine R. Squires, PhD, joined the Humphrey School as associate dean in August of 2020. Previously, she was in the College of Liberal Arts as a professor of communication studies. Squires' work investigates the interactions between social identities, media discourses, and publics. She is the author of Dispatches from the Color Line (SUNY, 2007) and African Americans and the Media (Polity, 2009). Her most recent book, The Post-racial Mystique (NYU Press, 2014), explores how a variety of media—the news, network television, and online, independent media—debate, define and deploy the term “post-racial” in their representations of American politics and society.

Squires is a member of the Historical Injustice Collaborative at the Institute for Advanced Study, working on ways to reconsider Minnesota historical narratives and engender resilient partnerships with communities that have historically been excluded from dominant tellings of the Minnesota story. She is also engaged in long-term partnerships with Gordon Parks High School and Hallie Q. Brown Center in St. Paul. Squires and University of Minnesota students collaborate with community members and high school students to deepen their knowledge about the school's and center's namesakes, local African American history, and foster publicly oriented creative projects. Read more about Associate Dean Squires.

Advisory Groups

There are five key stakeholder groups that advise Dean Bloomberg and Associate Dean Squires. They are:

Alumni Board

The Humphrey School Alumni Society Board of Directors plays a key role in promoting and achieving the mission of the Humphrey School by providing an effective vehicle for alumni involvement. The Alumni Board facilitates practitioner-based experiences and promotes the School among key partners. Meet the Alumni Board

Dean's Advisory Council

This distinguished group of community advisors provides advice and counsel to the dean and helps the Humphrey School strengthen its connections with the community. Meet the Dean's Advisory Council

Equity and Inclusion Council

The Equity and Inclusion Council is responsible for generating discussion and initiatives that value and actively promote equity, inclusion, and diversity by helping achieve the goals established in the Equity and Inclusion Strategy and Implementation Plan. Learn more about the Equity and Inclusion Council

Executive Council

The Executive Council is an elected representative group of Humphrey School faculty, students, and staff. It has responsibility for all matters not otherwise under the authority of the Dean or the Humphrey School graduate faculty, including policies and practices relating to school administration, human resources, community engagement, and finance. Meet the Executive Council

Senior Leadership Staff

A core group of nine directors make up the Humphrey School Senior Leadership Staff. These directors work together to advise the Dean and Associate Dean, as well as manage day-to-day operations within the school. Meet the Senior Leadership Staff