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International Scholar on Victims’ Rights Named Dean of Lee College at UNH

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2/27/2012 1:05 PM
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February 27, 2012

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Henry C. Lee (left), Mario Gaboury

WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- Mario Gaboury, interim dean of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, has been named the dean following a national search.

A full-time professor of criminal justice in the Lee College since 1996, Gaboury, replaces Richard Ward, who last fall was named associate vice president for special programs and sponsored research at UNH.

“Dr. Gaboury will provide strong leadership to the Lee College due to his exceptional academic background, his extensive knowledge of the college’s programs and faculty, and his bold vision for enhancing the college’s international reputation,” said President Steven H. Kaplan. “He has strong credentials in budgeting and research administration and is known for communicating well with faculty and students and involving them in the activities of the college.”

An internationally recognized scholar on global human trafficking, victimology, victims' rights, juvenile justice and community policing, Gaboury has published numerous books, chapters and articles.  He served as the Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation Endowed Professor at UNH from 2007 to 2009 and as the president of the American Society of Victimology from 2000 to 2010.

"It is a tremendous privilege to be chosen as dean of this outstanding college,” said Gaboury. “We have a very proud history and we are poised to distinguish ourselves even further with world-class education and scholarship.  With our focus on fundamental issues of justice, safety and security, the college and its graduates, will continue to contribute greatly to confronting today's challenges and to improving the human condition."

Gaboury also served as the former deputy director of the Office for Victims of Crime of the U.S. Department of Justice.  He has also held significant positions with the National Organization for Victim Assistance, the Legal Services Corporation, and the Bridgeport Police Department and Mayor’s Office.

Gaboury earned a law degree from Georgetown University, a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and University College, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.