Dr. Rufus Sylvester Lynch

Dr. Rufus Sylvester Lynch, ACSW, is a forensic macro practice social worker and former Dean of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University. He has lectured at over a dozen colleges and universities; authored or co-authored over 25 published manuscripts in professional books and/or scholarly journals; and has actively participated in nearly 125 professional conferences, workshops, and training institutes.

Dr. Lynch has served in senior staff positions in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of Pennsylvania’s State Government, and has experience in private industry, higher education, and non-profit corporations. In 2010 Dean Lynch was recognized as a NASW Social Work Pioneer for his contributions to the evolution and enrichment of the social work profession. Recently, he was elected as a National Board Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), representing the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

During the last three and one half years, Dr. Lynch has served as a Senior Fellow at the Stoneleigh Foundation, as well as a Research Associate at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College, with a project to explore the integration of Responsible Fatherhood within Foster Care Service Delivery and Other Children and Youth Servicing Systems.

Throughout his career Lynch has been defined 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 improve the status quo and creates a better future for all.

Currently, Dean Lynch serves as Chair of The Strong Families Commission Incorporated (“The Commission”), a Philadelphia advocacy organization working to change policy and practice that supports children, youth, and family-focused agencies that are inclusive of Fathers. The Commission is a proud affiliate of Fathers & Families Coalition of America.