The un-doing of the School of Foreign Service
began in the late 1940s with the arrival, of the Very Rev. Hunter Guthrie, S.J.,
who, first, as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
and, then later, from 1949 to 1952, as President of Georgetown University,
sought the ending of the autonomy,
of the then six schools at G.U.,
expecially Fr. Walsh's SFS,
and to create instead a centralized, controlling university Administration.
This process was continued throughout the
particularly in 1955 when the Very Rev. Edward Bunn, S.J.,
the next President of Georgetown
ended the Foreign Service School's independent faculty
by turning the academic divisions of the College
into university-wide departments
The process was completed in 1970
with the arrival as President of Georgetown University
of the Very Rev. Robert Henle, S.J., ,
who, with the then newly appointed Dean of the Foreign Service School, Dr. Peter F. Krogh,
so changed the undergraduate SFS program
that no longer would the foreign service school,
but instead the various university-wide academic departments,
be the ones determining what / who are to be the courses / the faculty
taken by SFS students.
Since that time
a natural development has occurred
in which during the 1980s the Office of the University President
and the newly created University Provost,
assumed responsibility for faculty, curriculum, purchasing,
in fact, of all important decision-making,
for all the "Main Campus" schools.
As things stand now,
only GU's Law School retains the kind of "autonomy"
that - prior to 1950 - was enjoyed by every G.U. school,
i.e., only the Law School has control
over its own admissions, faculty hiring,
course requirements, and funds.
On the Main Campus, where once there had been several true schools
(viz., Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Foreign Service, and Business Administration),
now only the names of the schools survive,
the entities themselves having, in reality, become just administrative subdivisions
of the Office of University Provost.