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Boise State names new dean of the School of Public Service

Boise State has named Angela Bos as the new dean of the School of Public Service.

Angela Bos

“I am excited to support the mission of the School of Public Service to empower students as leaders in public service and to create high-quality research to address important public problems,” Bos said. “I will bring to the school my experience in supporting and expanding experiential learning opportunities that help students connect theory to practice in meaningful ways that help improve our communities.”

Bos is a professor of political science at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where she also has served as associate dean for Experiential Learning and as chair of the political science department. In 15 years at the College of Wooster, her career has centered on creating transformative experiences for students and helping prepare them for careers in public service.

“Our students — and preparing them for a lifetime of making important
contributions to their communities and our state — is at the heart of all that we do at Boise State University,” said Boise State President Marlene Tromp. “Dr. Bos has embraced this student-focused approach throughout her career. We look forward to the many ways that her leadership as dean of the School of Public Service will positively impact our students, our faculty and staff who teach and support them, and the state of Idaho.”

Bos noted that the School of Public Service’s “excellent faculty and staff have created an innovative structure that facilitates interdisciplinary collaborations and research.”

“I am excited to welcome Dr. Bos to Boise State University. I am confident that her leadership experience will help move the School of Public Service forward in serving our students, the university and the people of Idaho,” said John Buckwalter, provost. “I would also like to express my sincere thanks to Dr. Giacomazzi for his service and steady leadership as interim dean.”

Andy Giacomazzi has served as interim dean of the School of Public Service since July 2019.

Bos earned her bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Minnesota-Morris and her master’s and Ph.D. in political science at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has a strong record of publishing research on political leadership and creating public-facing scholarship to improve women’s representation in public institutions.