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Introducing our New Associate Director of SPPUA: Professor Linda Kowalcky

Congratulations to Prof. Linda Kowalcky, who will take on the role of Associate Director for the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs on July 1.

The Associate Director provides strategic and operational support to the Director, as well as acts as a liaison and champion of the School’s program directors, faculty, and students. The role requires both tremendous insight into and oversight of the School’s curricular offerings, program design, and student support.

The position is an ideal fit for Prof. Kowalcky, who brings years of experience serving in senior government positions at the intersection of policy and academia. Before coming to SPPUA, she served as liaison to higher education for former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, with responsibility for higher education policy, city-university partnerships, and campus planning for the 34 colleges and universities in Boston. She also served as senior staff in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Currently, Prof. Kowalcky teaches public policy and public administration and provides thorough support for students seeking extracurricular and co-op opportunities, including managing the school’s internship programs.

Prior to Prof. Kowalcky, Prof. Christopher Bosso served as the Associate Director since summer 2018. He was also the program director for the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) and Masters of Public Policy (MPP) programs, roles which will also transition to Prof. Kowalcky in July. With gratitude and appreciation for Professor Bosso’s years of service and insight, we recognize all his contributions in shaping the School, recruiting and supporting students, and developing our diverse academic offerings.

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