Appointment of the Dean of the Erickson School

From Provost Elliot Hirshman

I am writing to inform you that effective immediately, Professor Judah Ronch will be assuming the position of Dean of the Erickson School of Aging. Dean Ronch will serve as the school’s chief academic and administrative officer with responsibility for all aspects of the school’s academic program, including instruction, student advising, research and numerous service activities.

Dean Ronch is exceptionally well-prepared to undertake this role. He received his B.A. in psychology from Hunter College and his Ph.D. in psychology from Yeshiva University. Prior to joining UMBC, he served as Dean of Freshman at Vassar College, Executive Director of the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College and Vice President of Resident Life at Erickson Retirement Communities. At UMBC, he has served as Professor of Practice, Director of the Undergraduate Program and Interim Dean in the Erickson School. In addition to his accomplishments in administration, Dean Ronch is a nationally known expert in the areas of culture change, aging, dementia and long-term care, as well as a consultant to numerous government agencies and corporations.

Please join me in congratulating Dean Ronch on his appointment.

I also wish to thank Warren DeVries, who chaired the search committee for the Dean of the Erickson School, and all of the members of the search committee for their exceptional service. I look forward to working with Dean Ronch and all of the faculty, staff and students of the Erickson School as we support the continuing growth and development of the school’s academic programs.

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