Apprey appointed interim OAAA dean
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer Patricia Lampkin appointed Maurice Apprey, a professor of psychiatric medicine and the School of Medicine’s former associate dean for diversity, as interim dean of the Office of African-American Affairs, effective July 31.
Apprey, 58, who joined the University in 1980 and has been involved in the successful recruitment and retention of minority students in the Medical School, taught both undergraduate and medical students, residents in psychiatry and psychology, and hospital chaplains, among others. He also has published extensively in three interrelated areas: conflict resolution and social change management; modern French and German philosophy; and child, adolescent and adult psychoanalysis.
He is stepping in to lead the Office of African-American Affairs in the wake of the recently announced retirement of M. Rick Turner, the department’s dean since 1988.
“Maurice is the ideal person to provide interim leadership and to manage this transition period in as seamless a manner as possible and in ways that will assist affected students and staff as they negotiate change in the office,” Lampkin said. “I have worked closely with him on a number of complex issues over the years and I feel confident that his strong management skills and gentle personal touch are what are needed at this time.”
Lampkin also had high praise for Sylvia V. Terry, the office’s longtime associate dean and director of the nationally recognized Peer Advisor Program. “Sylvia has been both a rock and a role model for our students. Together, Sylvia and Maurice will reach out to our students and assure them they are our No. 1 priority. They also will provide steady leadership as we continue to move the important work of this office forward.”
Apprey said he is taking on the interim position to give back to the institution that has afforded him a rewarding career. “It is an
honor to be able to serve the University in this capacity,” Apprey said. “I hope to sustain the welcoming and supportive environment for our African-American students, and to ensure a continuous, collaborative presence and meaningful representation in student affairs and across the University.”
Apprey, who served as associate dean of diversity and student support in the Medical School until stepping down two years ago to pursue a second doctorate in executive management, is no stranger to the undergraduate experience and has long been a contributing member of the broader University community. He has assisted Lampkin on a number of difficult student affairs issues, including leading mediation sessions between student groups regarding hate crimes. He served as a member of President John T. Casteen III’s Commission on Diversity and Equity, and prior to that he served on former President Robert M. O’Neil’s task force that produced the document “Audacious Faith.”
While at the medical school, he set up the federally funded Medical Academic Advancement Programs to provide student academic support and professional counseling to medical and pre-medical students. As a result, the school experienced a 13-year run of 100 percent retention of minority and disadvantaged students and significant increases in the number of minority students in entering classes.
In 1982, Apprey was appointed assistant dean of student affairs at the medical school, a position he held for 10 years. He then went on to serve as associate dean of diversity for 11 years before being named associate dean of student support. He was a member of the University’s team from the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction that managed the transition step from Sovietization to the restoration of independence of Estonia in Eastern Europe from 1994 to 1999.
Apprey continues to serve in the Division of Outpatient Psychiatry and the Division of Child and Family Psychiatry.
He is one of a handful of students trained in London by Anna Freud at the Hampstead Clinic where he graduated in 1979. He went on to receive his adult training in psychoanalysis at the New York Freudian Society where he is now a training and supervising analyst. Always interested in the tension between description and interpretation, he was a student of Amedeo Giorgi at the Saybrook Institute in San Francisco where he studied phenomenological psychological research and hermeneutics and where he received a Ph.D. in human science research.
This past May he received his second doctorate in executive management at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He said this gave him the opportunity to study leadership, conflict management and nonprofit management research.
Apprey received his B.S. in psychology, philosophy and religion in 1974 from the College of Emporia in Kansas.