November 19, 2018
Sara “Sally” Bachman, an epidemiology alumna who received her MS degree from the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences in 1980, has been named dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. She will begin her tenure effective January 1, 2019.
Bachman currently serves as the Paul Farmer Professor in the School of Social Work at Boston University, in addition to roles as research professor in the School of Public Health and director of the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health. There she “brought together faculty and experts from social work, public health, global health and other disciplines to advance initiatives that reduce health costs, improve outcomes, enhance the patient experience, promote population health and stimulate health equity nationally and globally,” according to a release issued by the University of Pennsylvania.
“I am grateful for the exciting opportunity,” Bachman said, “to serve as the next dean of Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice. I am eager to join with President Gutmann, Provost Pritchett, SP2 faculty, students, alumni and others to build on the accomplishments of the school under the exceptional leadership of Dean John Jackson. Together, we will leverage our shared passions, skills and knowledge in the pursuit of social innovation, impact and justice.”