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About Stephen Percy

Now in his fourth decade as an educator and leader, PSU President Stephen Percy has dedicated his career to fostering vibrant connections between universities and the communities they serve.

An expert in public policy, administrative ethics and urban politics, Percy is known for his ability to advance civic engagement and create innovative solutions by linking the skills and capacity of universities to the knowledge and energy of communities.  He believes in using collaborative, interdisciplinary applied research to facilitate university-community partnerships that solve problems and improve the quality of life.

Passionate about promoting educational access for all students, President Percy has worked extensively with diverse, urban-serving universities, including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Baltimore, where he was founding dean of the College of Public Affairs. He joined PSU to lead the College of Urban & Public Affairs in 2014, was appointed PSU’s interim president in 2019 and named president in 2020.
 
His research interests include public policy and policy implementation, urban politics, disability rights policy, and university-community engagement.

Positions

May 2020 - Present President, Portland State University
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June 2014 - Present Professor, Portland State University Political Science
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May 2019 - May 2020 Interim President, Portland State University
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June 2014 - May 2019 Dean, Portland State University College of Urban and Public Affairs
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August 2011 - June 2014 Dean, University of Baltimore ‐ College of Public Affairs
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August 2011 - May 2014 Professor, University of Baltimore ‐ Public and International Affairs
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September 2009 - July 2011 Acting Dean, University of Wisconisn-Milwauke ‐ School of Public Health
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August 1994 - July 2011 Professor, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee ‐ Political Science and Public Administration
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Curriculum Vitae




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Selected Journal Articles (10)

Selected Reports (1)

Selected Books (4)

Selected Book Chapters (4)