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William C. Lawrence
Regents' Proceedings 891

William C. Lawrence, Associate Professor of Social Work, retired from active faculty status May 31, 1986, after fifteen years at The University of Michigan. He received his A.B. degree from Indiana University in 1947 and his M.S.W. degree from Columbia University in 1949.

Prior to his career at the University, Professor Lawrence served as assistant administrator for the Human Resources Administration of New York City. He worked for the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C., where he served as chief of the Office of Research and Program Evaluation. His administrative experience in these and other state and national agencies contributed to his expertise in the fields of social welfare administration, personnel and fiscal management, and program development.

Professor Lawrence came to the School of Social Work as a lecturer and research associate in 1971 and was promoted to associate professor in 1978. He also served as a research associate at the Institute of Gerontology from 1972-80.

He was instrumental in developing the curriculum on social welfare administration at the school and was one of the leading architects in this area in designing the practice methods courses, which have been widely adopted by other schools of social work. He also played a key role in working with agencies to develop the professional practicum for students in social welfare administration. Professor Lawrence was active in the school's continuing education program and conducted many workshops and seminars for social work practitioners. He assisted in instituting the advanced management certificate program and developed innovative teaching materials that were of immeasurable value to its success.

The Regents now salute Professor William C. Lawrence by naming him Associate Professor Emeritus of Social Work.

Bio - The History of Social Work - Fellin

William Lawrence came to the school with experience in a number of administrative roles, including assistant administrator for the Human Resources Administration of New York City, an appointment in the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C., and chief of the Office of Research and Program Evaluation in Washington, D.C. Lawrence received an A.B. degree from Whitman College and an M.S.W. from Columbia University, and he engaged in graduate studies in sociology and social research at Columbia University and New York University. An expert in the fields of social welfare administration, personnel and fiscal management, and program development, Lawrence taught and participated in the development of curriculum in these areas. He directed a national in-service planning and management-training program for personnel of Area Agencies on Aging, holding an appointment with the Institute of Gerontology. In naming Lawrence associate professor emeritus of social work in 1986, the regents noted about Lawrence, "He also played a key role in working with agencies to develop the professional practicum for students in social welfare administration. Professor Lawrence was active in the school's continuing education program and conducted many workshops and seminars for social work practitioners" (Board of Regents, 1986).