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UIS names new director of Center for State Policy and Leadership

May 11, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield has announced the appointment of Dr. Anthony P. Halter as executive director of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS, following approval by the U of I Board of Trustees today.

An award-winning teacher, Dr. Halter served on the faculty of the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 15 years before retiring in 2002.  He also has extensive experience in state government with the Department of Social Services in New York State and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. He is an expert on state policy in the areas of welfare reform, health, unemployment, child welfare, and homelessness and education and has provided invited testimony to the Illinois and Michigan legislatures on welfare policy.

In announcing the appointment, UIS Provost Harry Berman said, "Dr. Halter's supervisory and administrative experience and knowledge of academia and state government will be great assets to the center."  Dr. Berman noted that Dr. Halter is well known and respected by the staff and faculty in the center after having collaborated with them in the late 1990s on a study of clients of the Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) program.

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Dr. Halter received his doctorate in social work from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Scranton in 1976, and bachelor’s degree in English literature from Iona College in 1970. At UIUC, he taught in the areas of policy, planning, administration, and supervision. While there, he was named to the U of I list of excellent teachers every semester and, in 1998, received the University Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year in the extramural program, which provides off-campus courses at locations throughout Illinois to master's-level students. He also served as director of the Undergraduate Social Work Program at UIUC for two years.

Barbara Ferrara, who has served as interim director of the center for the past 28 months, will return to the position of associate director on August 16, when Dr. Halter assumes the director’s position.

The center identifies and addresses public policy issues at all levels of government, promotes governmental effectiveness, fosters leadership development, engages in citizen education, and contributes to the dialogue on matters of significant public concern.  Working in partnership with government, local communities, citizens, and the nonprofit sector, the center contributes to core missions of the University of Illinois at Springfield by mobilizing the expertise of its faculty, staff, students, and media units to carry out research and dissemination, professional development and training, civic engagement, technical assistance, and public service activities.

Center units are the Institute for Legal and Policy Studies, Institute for Legislative Studies, Office of Graduate Intern Programs, Center Publications/Illinois Issues magazine, Survey Research Office, Office of Electronic Media, WUIS/WIPA Public Radio, and Papers of Abraham Lincoln.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 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.