Mary Ellen Kondrat has been named dean of Kansas University's School of Social Welfare, a KU official announced today.
Kondrat, dean of the Louisiana State University's School of Social Work since 2003, will succeed Ann Weick, who announced last year she would step down after holding the position for 19 years, according to David Shulenburger, provost and executive vice chancellor.
"Dean Kondrat is an experienced dean with proven ability. Her interest in promoting international research and study abroad and in promoting interdisciplinary research fit well into the central themes of this university. I have great confidence that she will help this already strong school grow in national and international reputation," Shulenberger said.
While at LSU, Kondrat initiated and oversaw the School of Social Work's inaugural Community Campaign, which targeted foundations and donors beyond alumni for fund raising; initiated a focused minority recruitment strategy which led to an 8 percent increase in minority enrollment in the school's master's degree program; and helped revise the school's bylaws to place a greater emphasis on fundraising.
"The social welfare program at KU has a wonderful reputation nationally and a growing presence internationally under Dean Ann Weick's strong leadership. It is a privilege for me to be able to work together with this outstanding faculty and staff to enhance the school's already excellent educational and research programs," Kondrat said.