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Richard L. Edwards was appointed Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs on September 21, 2012. Note: From July 1, 2012 to August 31, 2012, he also served as Interim President of Rutgers.
In a career spanning 40 years, Dr. Edwards has held deanships at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as Interim Provost and where he had been Alumni Distinguished Professor of Social Work. He served as Dean of the School of Social Work at Rutgers for six years. He is a past president of the National Association of Social Workers. He has written extensively and consulted widely on issues related to social work education and nonprofit and public management. As an administrator, Edwards has been an effective advocate and innovative leader for his institutions.