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Former School of Social Work dean
to retire

Posted May 10, 2017
Reported by: Laurie Anderson,

Maurice Daniels
Maurice Daniels

Athens, Ga. -- Maurice Daniels, who served as dean of the University of Georgia School of Social Work from 2005 to 2016, will retire from the university effective May 17.

"Maurice Daniels has had an illustrious career at the university, first as a faculty member and later as dean of the school for 11 years," said Dean Anna Scheyett. "His contributions to social work and to the university are numerous and significant."

During Daniels' tenure as dean, the school's endowment tripled and the school created several new endowed scholarships and graduate assistantships. The school also established two professorships--the Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professorship of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies and the Georgia Athletic Association Professorship in Health and Well-Being--as well as the Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights. While dean, Daniels also authored the book Saving the Soul of Georgia: Donald L. Hollowell and the Struggle for Civil Rights.

Daniels joined the University of Georgia in 1981. Prior to becoming dean he directed the Master of Social Work program, coordinated field instruction, and was project director of the Patricia Roberts Harris Graduate Fellowship Program. In 1999 he co-founded and became director of The Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Studies. He was honored by the university for his years of service at a special reception held in September 2016.

“It was a rich blessing for me to serve as dean," Daniels told attendees. "I had the pleasure to serve 11 fulfilling years. I greatly appreciate the generous remarks about accomplishments that occurred during my tenure, however, I reiterate that those accomplishments occurred as a result of supportive faculty, hardworking and loyal staff, and tremendous assistance from alumni, friends, and donors. The school was also the recipient of an abundance of support from the central administration and partnerships with a number of entities in the larger university community."

Daniels plans to continue to research civil rights history and remain active in support of human rights issues. For more about Professor Daniels, see