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Public Service Dean Gene Corbin to Step Down in May

Phillips Brooks House Association.
Phillips Brooks House Association. By Amy Y. Li

Assistant Dean of Harvard College for Public Service Gene Corbin will step down from his role on May 4 after 15 years in the position, Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana announced in an email to students Friday.

Until administrators find a replacement for Corbin, Dean for Administration and Finance Sheila Thimba will help to lead the Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship, Khurana wrote in the email.

Khurana wrote that Corbin has been "dedicated" in performing his duties and that he has done "important work" to help undergraduates find "their place in public service." Corbin also supported professors who sought to find intersection between public service and their coursework, Khurana wrote.

"I would like to thank Gene for his service to the College and for his work to support a robust array of public service opportunities at Harvard," Khurana wrote.

While administrators search for Corbin's successor, Khurana will consult with the PBHA Board of Directors, the National Advisory Board for Public Service, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Standing Committee for Public Service to determine how the College "can continue to best support students' academic and public service experiences," according to Khurana's email.

Khurana added more details regarding the search will be provided "as soon as possible."

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