Milligan, associate professor of social work, steps down from her position as co-director of the Mandel School's Center on Poverty and Community Development (formerly the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change) to assume her new position. She will remain active in the center's community-building efforts in Cleveland the region as its associate director of outreach and training.
"Sharon brings a set of skills that are entirely unique, and they happen to be skills we fell will serve the Mandel School particularly well," said Gilmore.
Gilmore added, "Her strengths—in community development, in looking at the big picture, in strategic thought about the direction of the school and its curriculum—are key assets. I'm happy she is willing to take on a new challenge."
Milligan earned her doctorate degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982 and holds master's degrees in public health and in community development from the University of Pittsburgh and University of Louisville, respectively.
Rob Fischer, the poverty center's associate director for policy and evaluation and also a faculty member at the Mandel School, will fill Milligan's vacated position as co-director. He joined the center in 2001 and led program evaluation efforts, which included a comprehensive examination of Cuyahoga County's community-wide Invest in Children program.
Claudia Coulton, the center's founding director, will continue to co-lead the center with Fischer.
"Sharon was extremely effective in building the center's capacity in community development and outreach," said Coulton.
"I know she will play an outstanding role in the leadership of the Mandel School, but I am grateful that she also will remain connected to the Poverty Center as its associate director," stated Coulton, who serves as the Mandel School's associate dean for research.
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