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UIS dean accepts position as provost at UMSL

July 21, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - Glen Hahn Cope, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Administration and professor of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, effective August 16. At UMSL, Cope will serve as chief academic officer and will help develop and implement a strategic plan for the campus of more than 15,000 students.  She will also direct all aspects of that institution’s teaching and research.

Cope came to UIS in July 1996 from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin where she had been dean for five years and a member of the faculty for 15 years.  From 1987-89, while on leave from the LBJ School, she was an associate professor of public administration in the School of Public Affairs of the American University in Washington, D.C.

Her primary accomplishments at UIS include supervising implementation of the campus’ first doctoral program, the Doctor of Public Administration, which was launched in fall 1998. During her tenure she also hired approximately a dozen new faculty members for academic programs within the College of Public Affairs and Administration, which includes Public Administration, Political Studies, Environmental Studies, Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, Public Health, and Public Affairs Reporting.

Cope is active in national professional organizations including the American Society for Public Administration, which she has served as president (2002-03) and member of the national council (1997-2004).  She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

Her teaching and research interests include public and nonprofit budgeting and finance, leadership and management of public and nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions, and public sector economics. She earned the bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the master’s degree in public administration at Syracuse University in New York, and the doctorate in public administration at The Ohio State University, Columbus.

Her last day at UIS will be August 12.
    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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