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Release Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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Sandra Edmonds Crewe, Ph.D. Named School of Social Work Interim Dean


Sandra Edmonds Crewe, Ph.D.

WASHINGTON  (June 21, 2013) – Provost and Chief Academic Officer Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, today announced the appointment of Sandra Edmonds Crewe, Ph.D., as the interim dean of the School of Social Work. Dr. Crewe succeeds Cudore Snell, D.S.W., who will retire as dean on June 30.

“We thank Dean Snell for his extraordinary service as dean to the School of Social Work from 2003-2013,” Frederick said. “Under his leadership, the School of Social Work grew in prominence with nationally-ranked programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. Dean Snell also led several national and international research, scholarship and service initiatives.”

Dr. Crewe has served as a professor of social work at Howard for 15 years. She also served as associate dean from 2006 to 2012.  Currently, Dr. Crewe is director of the Howard University Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center.  She is the principal investigator on a major grant, sponsored by the District of Columbia’s Office on Aging, which provides up-to-date research and professional development for the aging community. 

“Dr. Crewe’s commitment to the faculty and students has been noted throughout her tenure, along with her distinguished service and excellence in administrative roles,” Frederick said. “I ask the entire university community to join me in extending our support to Dr. Crewe as she assumes leadership of the School of Social Work.”

Prior to joining Howard’s School of Social Work, Dr. Crewe worked for more than 20 years as an executive leader in Maryland for public and assisted housing organizations in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and the City of Rockville. Dr. Crewe was also strongly involved in promoting resident leadership and homeownership under the late Jack Kemp when he served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Dr. Crewe holds a doctoral degree in social work from Howard University. She earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in social work from the National Catholic School of Social Service (Catholic University of America).  She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She also holds a certificate from the Harvard Institute of Leadership and Management in Education.

 “It is an honor to continue the work of Dr. Inabel Burns Lindsay, founding dean of the school of social work and her successors,” said Crewe. “Howard’s School of Social Work is a pillar of social advocacy in the District of Columbia and nationwide. In this interim period, we will continue our proven mission of service and education. I look forward to continuing the school’s scholarship associated with strengthening diverse families and communities.”

About the School of Social Work

The Howard University School of Social Work was established as an autonomous unit in l935, although instruction was offered in social services as early as 1914.The School of Social Work’s educational philosophy reflects the importance and complexity of transactions between people and their environment. Both the MSW and Ph. D. programs are rooted in the knowledge, values and skills necessary for professional practice that promote and sustain social justice and the quality of life for individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. The educational philosophy recognizes the multiple roles, functions and arenas of social work practice as well as the interdisciplinary knowledge base upon which professional practice is based.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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