Figlio Assumes Role as SESP Dean

Figlio Assumes Role as SESP Dean

David FiglioDavid Figlio, the Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy in the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), takes the helm today as dean of SESP at Northwestern University. He succeeds Penelope Peterson, who served Northwestern for 20 years in that leadership role.

"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to lead the outstanding faculty, students, and staff at SESP,” Figlio said. “The diversity of the research and service conducted by our faculty in learning sciences, human development, and education and social policy, along with the impact that our work has and will continue to have, is astounding.”

SESP Dean History

John E. Stout (1926-1934)

Ernest O.Melby (1934-1941)

James M. Hughes (1941-1951)

Eldridge (E.T.) McSwain (1951-1963)

B.J. Chandler (1963-1978)

Donald Collins, acting dean (Sept. 1978-March 1979)

David E. Wiley (1979-1992)

Solomon Cytrynbaum, acting dean (1992-1993) 

Roy Pea (1993-1996)

Solomon Cytrynbaum, acting dean (1996-1997)

Penelope Peterson (1997-2017)

David Figlio (2017-present)

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 10/3/17