4/7/2022

A message from Interim Dean Douglas Guiffrida

Douglas Guiffriday
As my time as Interim Dean of the Warner School of Education and Human Development is drawing to a close, I want to express my thanks to the members of our Warner School community for your support during this period and your ongoing commitment to the School and our mission. To all of you, I’ve watched you persevere by coming together as a vibrant school community, bringing a shared commitment to social justice and inclusion, and a drive to make education and the communities we serve “ever better.” 
 
One of the greatest pleasures of serving as Interim Dean has been learning about the talents and achievements of so many members of our Warner School community. Recent weeks have brought this into sharper focus for me as we’ve celebrated the countless successful dissertation defenses of our doctoral students and prepared for an in-person commencement weekend (May 13 - 15) to celebrate the graduation milestone of our 2022 graduates. 
 
While it has been an honor and pleasure to serve in this leadership, I am, in fact, grateful to others at Warner who also stepped in to help with this leadership transition over the past year. Collectively, this School has accomplished a lot and made this an enriching and fulfilling experience as one could only hope for.
 
It gives me the greatest pleasure to welcome Sarah Peyre back to her professional home — LeChase Hall — to return as your Warner School Dean. Serving as the University’s Interim Provost since July 2021, Dean Peyre has dedicated herself entirely to the role. She has tirelessly led the University’s strategic planning efforts and COVID-19 response, among other critical University projects. She has also been a supportive adviser to me during that time. In July, she will return to Warner, bringing her strong leadership skills, experiences, University connections and resources to help advance the Warner School’s goal of excellence and equity in education. I sincerely appreciate and respect her dedication to making our University and Warner communities “ever better.” 
 
Lastly and most importantly, I’d like to congratulate all of our students, whether you are graduating in May or continuing your graduate study at Warner this summer/fall, on all you have accomplished this year. You have so much to be proud of. Your future is bright. 

Thank you, and Meliora,
Doug
 
Douglas Guiffrida, PhD, LMHC
Interim Dean

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