Beverly Thorpe started her role as Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives in January 2020.
Tell us about your professional background.
I have over 25 years of extensive experience in strategic planning, budget development, financial reporting, sponsored research administration, and project management. Prior to joining SSW as the Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives, I served as Associate Director for Administration at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. I've also held leadership positions with several other organizations including the National Audubon Society, Amtrak, Duke University School of Medicine, and NYU School of Medicine. I earned both my BS in Administration of Criminal Justice and MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
What interested you in the position at Berkeley Social Welfare?
I'm delighted to be able to work alongside Dean Linda Burton again (we're former colleagues at Duke University) to ensure that Berkeley Social Welfare achieves its long-term strategic planning goals and to be able to use my expertise to develop and implement new and innovative strategic initiatives with faculty, staff, students, and community partners.
What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
I'm really looking forward to networking and collaborating with a number of diverse and dynamic individuals and organizations in the Bay Area and beyond including SSW faculty, staff, students, alumni, interdisciplinary teams on campus, community partners and businesses, and local, state and federal government officials — all who have the appropriate knowledge to help us succeed in implementing our strategic initiatives.
What are some of the projects you're currently working on?
The signature project that I'm currently spearheading is our Social Welfare and Sports Initiative. Berkeley Social Welfare is planning to expand its reach in this new decade with one of the most cutting edge high-impact initiatives it has launched in recent years — a certificate program in Social Welfare and Sports. This structured curriculum will be housed in our MSW program and anchored in a social justice perspective. I'm working closely with faculty, staff, students, campus leaders, community partners, and external consultants to bring this program to fruition.
What do you enjoy doing outside of Haviland Hall?
In my spare time I enjoy live music, festivals, traveling, wine tastings, Tarheel basketball, and good old-fashioned family time.