Peter Vaughan, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Social Service (GSS), will be honored on Thursday, Dec 1 with a National Association of Social Workers’ “Leader of the Profession” award, given a by the NASW’s New York chapter.

An active participant in the professional community, Dean Vaughan has worked on NY-NASW’s strategic planning committee and served two terms on the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

He will be among four persons being recognized at an annual dinner for their exemplary leadership qualities and their commitment to improving the profession and the community they serve; also being honored are Alma Carten, Ph.D., associate professor of social work at New York University; Larry Lee, executive director of New York Asian Women’s Center, and Nancy Wackstein, executive director of United Neighborhood Houses.

This is the organization’s fifth annual Leadership Awards ceremony.

Known as a collaborative leader, Dean Vaughan has headed Fordham’s GSS since October 2000. Under his guidance the school has advanced enrollment and expanded its curriculum to include a global services and a human rights focus. GSS is currently is ranked 18th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Dean Vaughan also co-chairs the FordhamVEts Task Group.

—Janet Sassi