The Bush School’s new dean, Ambassador Ryan Crocker, hit the ground running during his first week at the School. Crocker was appointed by the Board of Regents in December 2009, and arrived on campus Monday, January 25. During his first week, Crocker met with the School’s faculty and staff, as well as with President Bowen Loftin and Interim Provost Karan Watson, several deans, and members of the University administration.
Crocker said he is eager to get to know the Bush School students and had his first meeting with student leaders. Last March, some 70 students got to meet and hear from Dean Crocker during a student-led question and answer session at an informal luncheon. Following the question and answer session, Crocker delivered the Lenore and Francis Humphrys International lecture. Students also had the opportunity to engage with Crocker during the Dean selection process in fall 2009 in another student-led question and answer panel.
“When I was here last March, I had no idea I’d be returning as Dean,” said Crocker, “but I’m delighted to be here. It’s evident that the Bush School students and faculty are among the best in the nation, and it is a real honor to be a part of this outstanding academic enterprise,” he added.
Dean Crocker is already very impressed by what he’s seen and learned at the Bush School. “I’m really looking forward to learning more about the Bush School and its impressive range of academic programs and research institutes. It’s clear that the School has a very bright future, and that both students and faculty have a solid commitment to the principle of public service exemplified by George Bush, 41st President of the United States. I also look forward to our combined effort to take ths great School to the next level.”