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Lori Messinger Named as Dean of the College

Dr. Lori Messinger

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has selected Lori Messinger, professor in the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s School of Social Work, to be the next dean of the College of Social Work. She will start July 1. Messinger succeeds Interim Dean Dave Dupper, professor of social work, who has served in an interim role since August 2017.

“Dr. Messinger is a committed and proven leader and I look forward to working with her as she continues to build on the college’s upward momentum,” said Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor David Manderscheid. Read Dr. Messinger's welcome to the college.

As dean, Messinger will oversee a college whose graduate program was recently ranked 22nd among all public universities and whose online Master of Science in Social Work program was ranked 7th in the nation.


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