October 24, 2013
Longtime GSSW faculty member, Professor Cathryn Potter (PhD '95), assumed the position of dean of the School of Social Work at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, effective on August 1. Potter returned to GSSW to attend a reception in her honor, held this afternoon in Craig Hall's Boettcher Foundation Community Room.
"Cathy's contributions to GSSW and the University of Denver over the last two decades have been tremendous," said Dean and Milton Morris Endowed Chair James Herbert Williams. "Her leadership and scholarship in child welfare have brought local, national and international recognition to our school."
Potter joined the GSSW faculty as an adjunct instructor in 1991, rising through the ranks until her promotion to full professor in 2010. She earned her PhD at GSSW in 1995.
Potter's academic and research interests focus on children and families at risk, especially those served in the child welfare, children's mental health and juvenile justice systems. GSSW's Butler Institute for Families flourished under Potter's leadership as Executive Director and Principal Investigator for all of its funded projects. The Institute administers some 30 externally funded child welfare grants and contracts at any given time with tribal, local, state, federal and international entities.
The author of numerous scholarly publications and one of DU's most notable researchers, Potter was GSSW's Director of Research from 2002 to 2008 and served as DU's Faculty Senate President from 2004 to 2006. She was appointed Associate Provost for Research in 2009.