I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sally Wallace as dean of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, effective today (April 2).
Dr. Wallace has served as interim dean over the past academic year, following the appointment of the former dean, Dr. Mary Beth Walker, as the university’s associate provost for strategic initiatives and innovation.
Dr. Wallace has been on the faculty of the school’s Department Economics since 1991, including five years as department chair. She was the associate dean for research and strategic initiatives from 2015-17 and has directed the Fiscal Research Center since 2011. She was provost and vice president of academic affairs for the International University of Grand Bassam in Cote d’Ivoire for the 2009-10 academic year.
Prior to her academic career, she was a financial economist with the Office of Tax Analysis at the U.S. Treasury Department. Dr. Wallace serves on the editorial boards of International Tax and Public Finance and State Tax Notes. She earned her undergraduate degree at William Smith College and earned her Ph.D. in economics at Syracuse University. Her research interests include income taxation, sales taxation, tax burden analysis and distributional effects of taxation.
We are grateful to the search committee, co-chaired by associate provost Michael Galchinsky and dean Nancy Kropf and to all of the faculty, staff and students who participated in the search process and provided important feedback on the candidates.
The continued success of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is essential to many dimensions of our university’s strategic plan. President Becker and I are excited to have Sally Wallace serve in this leadership role and look forward to working with her as the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies continues to make important contributions to the success of the university.
From Sally Wallace, the New Dean of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Since the School began, just 22 years ago, it has set a high standard for engaged policy research. The School has benefited from innovative, creative, and thoughtful leaders. The talents of our faculty, students, and staff have been recognized by our competitors and our peers as our U.S. News rankings continue to climb.
What a time it is to lead the administration, community relationships and scholarly direction of the Andrew Young School! The new economy and all that it brings—data, more data, artificial intelligence, and technology present a great set of challenges to our world. How will the public sector, nonprofit, and private sector compete, decide what to produce, and for whom? What is the role for the public sector in this new world?
Our college, with its departmental and research faculty and staff—along with our alumni, students and partners–have a unique opportunity to redesign the public and nonprofit sectors while working with the private sector. By extending hands-on learning with policymakers, diving deeper into data, exploring technology, and working across disciplinary lines, we will be the policy school that policymakers look to for education and research in this new economy.