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Dexter Voisin

CWRU’s Dexter Voisin elected president of National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work

As dean of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, Dexter Voisin leads a top-ranked program in research and education, training students to be critically equipped in social work and nonprofit leadership.

Now as the new president of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD), he will support social work leaders in their professional development as they seek to promote social, economic and racial equity across the United States and Canada.

Founded in 1986, NADD is a volunteer membership organization dedicated to promoting excellence in social work education. Voisin was elected to the post by a majority of the members, which include more than 200 deans, directors and chairpersons of graduate school social work programs throughout North America.

Voisin, who recently began his three-year term as NADD president, said he plans to focus on “collaborating with other major social work organizations to address the significant shortage of mental-health providers across the country in the presence of growing behavioral health needs, while ensuring the protection of the public good.”

As president, Voisin will also collaborate with the board of directors to convene semi-annual membership meetings, provide oversight and execution of the organization’s strategic plan and bylaws, report to the membership, fundraise and consult with leadership from other social work organizations. He will also represent NADD at national forums and meetings.

Voisin, recognized among the top 2% of social sciences researchers in the world within his field by Stanford University, was recently elected to the 2023 class of fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research. He has also authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and commentaries, many of them related to how research can inform public health policy.

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