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School of Leadership and Professional Advancement Dean Named

Dr. Dorothy E. Bassett has been named dean of the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement (SLPA) at Duquesne University. She had been serving as interim dean of the SLPA since Oct. 1, 2005, following the retirement of Dr. Benjamin Hodes.“I am excited about the opportunity to help lead the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement toward continued success as a leader in areas such as adult education and distance learning,” said Bassett.

The School of Leadership and Professional Advancement is a national leader in offering educational programs designed for adult students, including online learning, leadership programming and special opportunities for military service members.

In her role as dean, Bassett’s primary responsibilities include leadership and strategic direction of the school, overseeing student recruitment and advising, and supervising the provision of all degree and non-degree programs for the SLPA’s academic programs and the school’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute as well as programs in Harrisburg, Pa.

Prior to being named interim dean, Bassett served as assistant dean of the school for two years. Before arriving at Duquesne, she served as director of information technology initiatives at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, Bassett led a number of corporate and international programs in Europe and in Asia under the auspices of such organizations as Robert Bosch GmBH, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Bassett received a Ph.D. in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.P.A. from Kentucky State University and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Asbury College. She resides in Imperial, Pa.

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