Boise State University

BSU hires new College of Public Service dean

Corey Cook, who worked in public policy education at the University of San Francisco, has been named the inaugural dean of Boise State University’s College of Public Service.

The college, which will combine several departments including political science, criminal justice and military science, becomes operational in early July. The school brings together a variety of existing programs at Boise State that were once part of the College of Social Science and Public Affairs. The reorganization, approved by the State Board of Education, was undertaken after faculty said it would brings together diverse skills to deal with public policy questions.

The school should be a training ground for public service on a number of fronts, including government, business and nonprofits, said Cook.

“The goal is to get people to work with each other and to be collaborative, and to see how the university can be a partner throughout the region,” he said.

Cook has served as director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at University of San Francisco for the past six years. The center oversees graduate programs in public and urban affairs. Cook has also taught political science at the university, San Francisco State University and Rutgers University.

He begins his new job on July 6.

His salary at Boise State was not immediately available.