Gwendolyn Spencer Prater, PhD, ACSW
Former Trustee, NASW Insurance Trust
Gwendolyn Spencer Prater is Dean Emerita, School of Social Work, College of Public Service at Jackson State University (JSU) in Jackson, MS. She is also President, Children and Family First, Inc. Prior to her current positions, Gwen served as Founding Dean at JSU of both the School of Social Work (1995–2003) and the College of Public Service (2003–2009). Dr. Prater’s research focuses on child welfare, mental health, leadership, and management. She holds a BA from Tougaloo College, an MSW from the Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California where she was the recipient of the W. Simmons Distinguished Alumna Award (1999). She also received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Social Work Education (2000) from NASW.
National Finance Committee (1997–2000), National First Vice President, Executive Committee Member, and Chair, National Program Committee (1995–1997), Trustee, NASW Insurance Trust (1990–1995), National Executive Committee Member (1987–1988), National Board Member Region VI Representative and National Commissioner, Joint Commission on InterProfessional Affairs as NASW Representative (1986–1989), and President, Mississippi Chapter, NASW (1987–1989). She is currently a presenter for the NASW Assurance Services Risk Management Program.