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Nadinne Cruz to leave Haas Center

Nadinne Cruz, director of the Haas Center for Public Service, will leave the position after she completes a three-year term in June. An interim director will be named to serve while a national search for a director is conducted.

"Under Nadinne's direction, the Haas Center has become a preeminent public service center," Provost John Etchemendy said. The center, currently ranked first for service learning among colleges and universities by U.S. News and World Report, is "viewed as a model by educators and governments both in the U.S. and internationally," he said.

Cruz has served as director since May 2000. She came to Stanford as associate director in 1994 and was named interim director in 1999. Cruz founded and directed the yearlong Public Service Scholars program for seniors who complete an honors thesis as a form of public service research. As a lecturer in the Program in Urban Studies, she taught Honors College as well as service-learning courses, including the Public Service Honors Research Seminar and Introduction to Community Service Organizations.

While at Stanford, Cruz was named the 2001 Distinguished Citizen Scholar by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and received the California Campus Compact's 2003 Richard Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. On May 7, Cruz will be presented a 2003 Stanford Asian American Award for outstanding service by staff. Since 1996, Cruz and her husband, Laurence Ulrich, have served as resident fellows at Okada, the Asian American theme house for undergraduates.

Prior to coming to Stanford, Cruz held Swarthmore College's Lang Professorship for Issues in Social Change and was executive director of the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs in St. Paul, Minn.



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