Judy L. Postmus, PhD, ACSW, dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW), has been selected as a member of the leadership class of 2022.
Postmus is one of 64 regional leaders to be selected for The Leadership’s 38th class, joining more than 1,800 alumni who have gone before them.
Postmus began her tenure as Dean of UMSSW on July 1, 2020. She was previously Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at Rutgers University School of Social Work.
Postmus research has focused on the physical, sexual and economic victimization of women. At Rutgers, she was the founder and director of the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (2007-2018), which works to eliminate physical, sexual and other forms of violence against women and children – and power imbalances that enable them – through multidisciplinary research, education and community engagement.
Postmus received his BS in Nutrition from Florida International University and his MSW from Barry University, both in Miami, Florida. After working for several years in non-profit organizations, Postmus moved to Albany, NY, to pursue his doctorate at SUNY-Albany. She has given numerous local, national and international presentations on the impact of policies and interventions for survivors of violence. Her work is strongly influenced by her 20 years as a practitioner and administrator. Postmus is also a member of the Match Group Advisory Council which provides recommendations for improving security on the company’s dating platforms.
“I was encouraged to apply for this wonderful leadership program by UMSSW Advisory Board Chair Steve Kaiser, who is an alumnus of the program. This program will give me the opportunity, as a newcomer to Baltimore, to to network and partner with other city leaders, to solve problems in unique ways,” Postmus said. “I am grateful for the support of the President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Bruce E. Jarrell , MD, FACS, to participate in this exceptional program.”
The Leadership Flagship Program is a nine-month experiential leadership program that develops participants in three areas:
- Deepen their understanding of Baltimore’s history, challenges, assets and people
- Strengthen their ability to lead, particularly in a civic context
- Forge meaningful relationships with other class members to provide a platform for collective action
“We are thrilled to launch our 38th class and bring together a wonderfully diverse and talented group of extraordinary individuals who lead the entire Baltimore area. The Class of 2022 joins a legacy of leaders in Baltimore who have contributed significantly to Baltimore, strengthening our organizations and the civic fabric of our community. Through their shared experience, these leaders will further strengthen their ability to mobilize others to catalyze change across the region,” said David Sachs, Executive Director of The Leadership.
To learn more about The Leadership, its programs and how to apply, visit www.theleadership.org.
About the University of Maryland School of Social Work
The University of Maryland School of Social Work, founded in 1961, is highly ranked and respected. Its mission is to develop practitioners, leaders and scholars to advance the well-being of people and communities and promote social justice. As national leaders, they create and use knowledge for education, service innovation and policy development.