Rufus Sylvester Lynch

Rufus Sylvester Lynch, DSW, former Dean of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University, is a forensic social worker who serves as President and Principal Investigator for the Institute for the Advancement of Working Families: A Forensic Education, Behavioral Change, and Employment Services Corporation. Dr. Lynch has been described as a “highly talented professional with a national reputation as a successful and visionary leader with an impressive history of positive and proactive contributions to human and institutional development; champion of forward thinking, with a social conscience for implementing actions that have a positive impact on people, society, government and the systems that serve them; and creator of programs, policies, initiatives, and entities that impact society by means that improves the status quo and creates a better future for all.” Lynch has authored several articles that address social work and the American justice system, as well as, served on the editorial board of the Justice System Journal. Currently, he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Social Work. Dr. Lynch is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management, affiliated with the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, he serves as the National Director of the Collaborative of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work Programs, housed within Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Lynch received his Doctorate of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in the same field from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Social Work, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Morgan State College.