Center on Race and Social Problems

Social Work Dean Larry E. Davis' Contributions Leave the World a ‘Better, Fairer Place’

Pitt School of Social Work Dean Larry E. Davis will step down as dean at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. Under his leadership, the school has advanced in rankings as one of the leading schools of social work in the country.

A reputation as one of the nation’s top 10 social work schools. The nationally renowned Center on Race and Social Problems. A commitment to remain an advocate for social causes.

All of these are part of the lasting legacy for Larry E. Davis as he steps down at the end of the 2017-18 academic year as the University of Pittsburgh’s dean of the School of Social Work, Donald M. Henderson Professor and founding director of the race center.

“Larry has transformed Pitt into one of the nation’s top destinations to study social work,” said Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. “At the same time, he has dedicated his career to issues of race, civil rights and social justice and inspired countless others to follow in his footsteps. Our university community is grateful for his many contributions, and our world is a better, fairer place because of his efforts.”