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Marylou Sudders Appointed State Health and Human Services Secretary

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker has appointed Associate Professor Marylou Sudders to head the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the largest state agency in Massachusetts.

The appointment will mark a return to public service for Sudders, who was commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003. She also served as New Hampshire's Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services. Sudders joined the Boston College School of Social Work in 2012.

"Leaving teaching is one of the few regrets I have," Sudders said. "I love teaching at the Boston College School of Social Work, I love the students, I love the opportunity to engage them in both public policy and a commitment to public service, but the honor to serve the commonwealth is too great an honor to refuse. You don't apply to be a Secretary of Health and Human Services, a governor asks you to serve."  More about Marylou Sudders's appointment »

BCSSW in the News
Westy Egmont on CNN to Discuss Obama's Immigration Executive Order

NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Following Barack Obama's announcement that he would use executive authority on immigration policy, BC Social Work Professor Westy Egmont went on CNN to discuss what the order means for the millions of immigrants affected by the president's decision.

"I'm sure that tonight, there's a lot of weeping and joy in millions of homes across the United States," Egmont told CNN International anchor Errol Barnett. "This is a profound opportunity for people to come out of the shadows…It means for some people the ability to go to work legally. It means for many people the ability to stay with their children who have already been given under DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] the opportunity to stay in the country. It certainly is going to mean an emotional opportunity to breathe deeper, to feel cohesively a part of the community in which in they live, and to take hope for the future."  More about Westy Egmont on CNN »

Events

GSSW Annual Alumni Event 2010

MARCH 25, 2010
Yawkey Center, Murray Room
6:00 Reception
6:30 Distinguished Alum Award
7:00 Lecture
8:00 Networking

The Annual GSSW Alumni Event will be held Thursday, March 25th at the Yawkey Center. This year's event will be a little different than in year's past. Instead of an Alumni dinner we will be presenting a lecture by visiting scholar Maryanne Loughry Ph.D., Associate Director, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia on the topic of: "Refugees-Who is on the move?" An expose of the people moving in our global world-their stories and the problems they encounter.

The lecture will be preceded by a reception and presentation of our Distinguished Alum Award. 

Please RSVP for the event.

Distinguished Alumni Award Winner: ANDREA COHEN MSW '84

For the past 20 years Andrea Cohen has been a leader in eldercare business development, transforming the way private-pay services are delivered through a series of successful, widely replicated ventures.  As HouseWorks CEO, she has crafted pioneering partnerships for supporting seniors in long-term care facilities, senior housing, and consumer-led communities like Boston’s Beacon Hill Village.

Ms. Cohen is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Family Caregiver’s Association, the National Private Duty Association, the Massachusetts Home Care Alliance, and the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.  She is a frequent speaker at professional and academic conferences on the subject of private home care development and eldercare trends.  Her accomplishments have been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Business Journal, Harvard Magazine, and Women’s Business.  Ms. Cohen received her MSW from Boston College in 1984.