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Dr. Christine Palus Appointed Dean of Graduate Studies in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Christine Palus

Villanova, Pa. – Christine Kelleher Palus, PhD has been named Dean of Graduate Studies in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Palus was appointed for a three-year term beginning in fall, 2015.  She will lead the College’s 22 graduate programs, which have a total enrollment of more than 1500 students.  Since June 2014 Palus has served as Interim Dean of Graduate Studies in the College.

“Dr. Palus has ably demonstrated her strategic insight, leadership abilities and administrative skills while serving as Interim Graduate Dean,” said Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “She is ideally suited for this key leadership role in the College.”

A member of the Villanova faculty since 2004, Palus holds the rank of associate professor in the Department of Public Administration, which she chaired for several years while also directing Villanova’s nationally accredited master’s program in Public Administration. Under her leadership, the Public Administration graduate program increased in enrollment, introduced a Certificate in Non-Profit Management in 2011, and in 2012 launched an online version of the MPA degree that currently has more than 160 enrolled students.

Palus is an accomplished scholar in her field. She received her PhD and MA degrees in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after completing her undergraduate studies at Fairfield University. Her areas of research include urban politics, state politics, public management, bureaucratic politics and public policy.

Palus’ work has been published in leading academic journals including Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, British Journal of Political Science, Urban Affairs Review, Political Research Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Public Affairs Education, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, the American Review of Public Administration, and Political Behavior.

“Graduate education in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is central to the Augustinian mission and intellectual life of the university,” Dr. Palus said. “I am honored by this appointment, and look forward to working with our dedicated faculty and staff to continue supporting our graduate students in all of their academic and professional pursuits at Villanova.”

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:  Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world.  With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit