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USF names dean of School of Education

July 13, 2017

06 MUG Koirala-AzadThe University of San Francisco has announced Shabnam Koirala-Azad as dean of the USF School of Education. Koirala-Azad has been interim dean since January 2017 and “a leading academic” at the school of education since 2005, USF said in a statement.

Koirala-Azad, born and raised in Nepal, is the first woman to serve as dean of the USF School of Education since its founding in 1947. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in education and teaching from Mount Holyoke College and graduate and doctoral degrees from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education.

Koirala-Azad will oversee more than 20 credential, master and doctoral programs, USF said. “Dean Koirala-Azad is an inspiring female, immigrant voice and an expert on a broad range of global and national education issues. She founded USF’s human rights master’s program in education, the first in the country, and offers both a personal and professional perspective on international and U.S.-based development programs, including Teach for America.”

Koirala-Azad will also oversee initiatives at the McGrath Institute for Jesuit Catholic Education, which focuses on training for Catholic school educators and leaders. The McGrath Institute was named for donors Bob and Joan McGrath after they made a transformational gift of $6 million in April 2017, the largest gift in the School of Education’s history. The work of the new entity follows on the legacy of the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership founded more than 40 years ago by Dominican Sister Mary Peter Traviss, now retired at her community’s motherhouse in Fremont. ICEL has been an iconic element in the formation of hundreds of educators who have served and serve today in Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

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