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Sandra Crewe, Ph.D. Appointed Dean, Howard University School of Social Work

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WASHINGTON (March 23, 2015)—Sandra Edmonds Crewe, Ph.D., a seasoned administrator and expert on aging and quality of life issues, has been named dean of the Howard University School of Social Work. She had served as acting dean since July 2013.

“Dean Crewe is a resourceful and effective administrator as well as an intellectual leader in her professional field,” said Michael R. Winston, Ph.D., Howard University provost and chief academic officer. “The School of Social Work is very closely aligned with the university’s goal of using scholarship to provide service to society,” added Winston.

Before beginning her academic career, Crewe spent more than 20 years as an administrator and social worker in the fields of housing and community development in Maryland and developed programs focusing on resident services and leadership. Crewe is a professor of social work and director of the Howard University Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center.

“Howard’s School of Social Work is a pillar of social advocacy in the District of Columbia and nationwide," said Crewe. "As dean, I plan to continue the school's scholarship, focused on strengthening our families and our communities. It is an honor to continue the work of Dr. Inabel Burns Lindsay, founding dean of the School of Social Work, and her successors," added Dean Crewe.

Crewe is a graduate of the Catholic University of America, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work. She earned her doctorate in social work at Howard University – the first person to earn a Ph.D. in social work at Howard University. She joined the faculty at Howard in 1997, and has served in a variety of leadership roles in the School of Social Work, including chair of fields of practice and associate dean.

Crewe’s research focuses on ethnogerontology and African American aging, with an emphasis on caregiving. She has received numerous honors and awards for her scholarship, teaching and community service. She currently serves on a number of national, state and local boards and commissions, including the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust, American Association of Service Coordinators, Council on Social Work Education, Home Care Partners, National Center for Creative Aging and the First Baptist Church of Highland Park Volunteer Nursery.