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Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Established 1970
Type Public
Parent institution
The University of Texas
Endowment $44.9 million (November 2014)[1] + $157 million in the LBJ Foundation [2]
Dean Robert Hutchings
Academic staff
Students 317 (Spring 2014) (215 MPAff, 102 MGPS)[4]
Location Austin, Texas, United States
Affiliations APSIA

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs (or LBJ School of Public Affairs) is a graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin that was founded in 1970 to offer professional training in public policy analysis and administration for students interested in pursuing careers in government and public affairs-related areas of the private and nonprofit sectors. Degree programs include a Master of Public Affairs (MPAff), a mid-career MPAff sequence, 16 MPAff dual degree programs,[6] a Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS), eight MGPS dual degree programs,[7] an Executive Master of Public Leadership,[8] and a Ph.D. in Public Policy.[9]


  • Overview 1
  • Mission 2
  • Centers 3
    • Center for Politics and Governance 3.1
    • Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources 3.2
    • Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) 3.3
    • RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service 3.4
    • The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law 3.5
  • Student initiatives 4
  • Alumni chapters 5
  • Commencement speakers 1972-2014 6
  • Rankings 7
  • List of deans 8
  • Notable alumni 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


LBJ School exterior shot

The LBJ School offers a Master of Public Affairs program in public policy analysis and administration that prepares graduates to assume leadership positions in government, business, and non-profit organizations. In addition, 16 master's-level dual degree programs blend public affairs study with specialized professions or area studies and are structured so that students can earn the Master of Public Affairs degree and a second degree in less time than it would take to earn them separately."[10] Program offerings include a traditional Master of Public Affairs program, a mid-career master's program, sixteen master's-level programs leading to dual degrees including: Advertising, Asian Studies, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Energy and Earth Resources, Engineering, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Law, Middle Eastern Studies, Public Health, Radio-TV-Film, Social Work, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. The school also offers a Ph. D. in Public Policy. Master's students have the option to specialize in one of seven areas: international affairs; natural resources and the environment; nonprofit and philanthropic studies; public leadership and management; social and economic policy; technology, innovation, and information policy; or urban and state affairs. As of 2011-2012, the LBJ School has graduated 3,508 master's degree students since its first inaugural class of 1972, as well as 56 Ph.D. students from 1992 to August 2013.[11][12]

In 2008, the LBJ School also introduced a Master of Global Policy Studies that offers a multidisciplinary approach to the complex economic, political, technological, and social issues of the 21st century. Program offerings include specializations in the areas of security, law and diplomacy; international trade and finance; development; global governance and international law; energy, environment, and technology; regional international policy, and customized specializations. Program offerings include eight dual degree programs with the following programs: Asian Studies, Business, Energy and Earth Resources, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Law, Public Health, and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

The school also offers a Portfolio Program in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship and a Portfolio Program in Nonprofit Studies.[13]

The school also sponsors a variety of non-degree programs for public affairs professionals.[14]

In 2013, the LBJ School launched a new Executive Master in Public Leadership for mid-career professionals. The first of its kind in Texas, the EMPL at the LBJ School of Public Affairs is a blending of rigorous academic studies and practical learning.


The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is committed to improving the quality of public service in the United States and abroad at all levels of governance and civic engagement. The school's goals are to: Prepare students and professionals, from a variety of backgrounds, for leadership positions in public service by providing educational opportunities grounded in theory, ethics, analytical skills, and practice; Produce interdisciplinary research to advance our understanding of complex problems facing society and to seek creative solutions for addressing them; Promote effective public policy and management practice by maintaining a presence in scholarly and policy communities and in the popular media; and Foster civic engagement by providing a forum for reasoned discussion and debate on issues of public concern.[15]


The LBJ School of Public Affairs also features five research centers dedicated to finding practical, innovative solutions to public problems and to deepening our understanding of the public policy process. Many of the School's centers also sponsor a range of other activities, including conferences, workshops, and publications.[16]

Center for Politics and Governance

The Center for Politics and Governance is dedicated to producing leaders and ideas to improve the political process and governance through innovative teaching, research and programming combining academics and the real world.[17]

Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources

The Ray Marshall Center is a university-based research center dedicated to strengthening education, workforce, and social policies and programs that affect current and future generations of American workers. The Center partners with a range of stakeholders to conduct timely, relevant research and to translate that research into effective policies and programs. The Center’s activities and services include: Program evaluation, including process and implementation, impact and benefit/cost analysis; Survey research;Labor market analysis; Program design and development; Training and technical assistance.[18]

In addition, the Center serves as a training ground for the next generation of researchers and policymakers by offering stimulating work and research opportunities to graduate and post-graduate students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP)

studies how health and social policy can be improved and designs and conducts rigorous and innovative research that advances policymaking and health, economic and social program outcomes. A hallmark of the research, education and outreach efforts of CHASP faculty, staff and students is their direct connection to public sector initiatives, agencies and policymakers who are working to address pressing health, economic and social needs that have not been confronted on this large scale since the 1960s.[19]

RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service

RGK Center logo

The mission of the RGK Center is to build knowledge about nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and volunteerism, and to prepare students and practitioners to make effective contributions to their communities. The Center's research addresses pressing issues in philanthropy, nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship, and global civil society. The Center trains students through a university-wide graduate program in nonprofit studies and engages the world of practice through executive programs tailored to the needs of seasoned professionals in the field.[20]

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin provides the imagination, leadership and intellectual innovation required to help meet the challenges of the 21st century. It is designed to be a new kind of institution, one that engages the best minds in academia, government and the private sector in developing practical solutions to the pressing problems of an increasingly globalized world.[21]

Student initiatives

  • The Great Society Fund was created by the class of 2005 to finance innovative social entrepreneurship projects started by LBJ students and alumni.[22]
The Baines Report logo
The Baines Report

is the officially-sponsored student publication of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Led by students, the Baines Report publishes student opinion pieces and event coverage for the LBJ School.

Alumni chapters

These are the schools alumni chapters:[23]

  • Austin Alumni Association Association Webpage]
  • Washington, D.C., Alumni Chapter (WALSAC)

Commencement speakers 1972-2014

  • 1972 Allen E. Pritchard, Jr., incoming Vice President, National League of Cities
  • 1973 J. J. "Jake" Pickle, U.S. Congressman from Texas; member of the House Ways and Means Committee
  • 1974 Richard W. Bolling, U.S. Congressman from Missouri; Chairman of the House Rules Committee
  • 1975 Renell Parkins, Professor of Architecture and Planning, UT Austin
  • 1976 Alice M. Rivlin, Director, Congressional Budget Office
  • 1977 Kenneth E. Boulding, Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder; 1976-77 Distinguished Visiting Tom Slick Professor of World Peace, LBJ School
  • 1978 James C. Wright, Jr., U.S. Congressman from Texas (Majority Leader)
  • 1979 Barbara Jordan, former U.S. Congresswoman from Texas; holder of the Lyndon B. Johnson Public Service Professorship, LBJ School
  • 1980 Joseph Califano, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Carter Administration; former Special Assistant to President Lyndon Johnson
  • 1981 Walter E. Mondale, former Vice President of the United States
  • 1982 Robert S. Strauss, former Special U.S. Representative for Trade Negotiations; former Chairman, Democratic National Committee
  • 1983 Henry Cisneros, Mayor of San Antonio
  • 1984 Alexander Heard, Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University; Chairman of the Board, Ford Foundation
  • 1985 Bill Moyers, editor, correspondent, and news analyst, CBS News; former Special Assistant to the President and Press Secretary to President Lyndon Johnson
  • 1986 Gary Hart, U.S. Senator from Colorado
  • 1987 James C. Wright, Jr., Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1988 Yvonne B. Burke, Director, Los Angeles Branch, Federal Reserve Bank; former U.S. Congresswoman from California
  • 1989 Chase Untermeyer, White House Presidential Personnel Director, Bush Administration
  • 1990 Corrado Pirzio-Biroli, Deputy Head of the European Community Delegation, Washington, D.C.
  • 1991 Ann W. Richards, Governor of Texas
  • 1992 William F. Winter, former Governor of Mississippi
  • 1993 Richard D. Lamm, former Governor of Colorado
  • 1994 William Greider, author and journalist
  • 1995 Ellen Malcolm, Founder and President, EMILY's List (resource for pro-choice Democratic women candidates)
  • 1996 Ann W. Richards, former Governor of Texas
  • 1997 Jack Rosenthal, Editor, New York Times Magazine
  • 1998 Paul Begala, Staff Adviser to President Bill Clinton
  • 1999 Kenneth S. Apfel, U.S. Commissioner of Social Security; LBJ School Class of 1978
  • 2000 Judith A. Winston, Under Secretary and General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education; former Director, President Clinton's initiative on race
  • 2001 James Carville, political strategist/consultant
  • 2002 George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States
  • 2003 Gwen Ifill, Moderator and Managing Editor, PBS Washington Week
  • 2004 Liz Carpenter, Former Press Secretary for Lady Bird Johnson
  • 2005 Don Evans, 34th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • 2006 William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
  • 2007 Bob Schieffer, CBS News Washington [24]
  • 2008 Vernon E. Jordan Jr., former president of the National Urban League [25]
  • 2009 Bill Bradley, former U.S. Senator
  • 2010 James B. Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
  • 2011 Kathleen A. Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • 2012 Bill Owens, Former Governor of Colorado
  • 2013 Helene Gayle, CEO of CARE USA
  • 2014 Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio


The LBJ School is currently ranked 14th[26] by U.S. News & World Report in its March 2008 rankings of public affairs schools, down from 9th in 2004, 7th in 2002 and 5th in 1998.[27][28][29]

List of deans


  1. John A. Gronouski (September 1969–September 1974)
  2. William B. Cannon (October 1974–January 1977)
  3. Alan K. Campbell (February 1977–April 1977)
  4. Elspeth Rostow (April 1977–May 1983)
  5. Max Sherman (July 1983–May 1997)
  6. Edwin Dorn (Summer 1997–December 2004)
  7. Bobby Ray Inman (January 2005–December 2005)
  8. James B. Steinberg[31] (January 2006–January 2009)
  9. Bobby Ray Inman (January 2009–March 2010) [2]
  10. Robert Hutchings (March 2010–)

Notable alumni

  • James Kumar Aiyer, M.P.Aff. 1992 Houston Community College trustee
  • Kenneth S. Apfel, M.P.Aff. 1978, Commissioner of the Social Security Administration from 1997 until his term ended in January 2001
  • Robert N. Campbell, M.P.Aff. 1973, vice chairman of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP.
  • Rodney Ellis, M.P.Aff. 1977, Texas State Senator.
  • Luis Espino, M.P.Aff. 2003, Speechwriter for Mexico's President Felipe Calderón[32]
  • Rafael Fernández de Castro (M.P.Aff. 1986), Academic Dean of the Department of International Studies, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).
  • Gabriel Fidel, M.P.Aff. 1993, Tourism Secretary, Mendoza Province, Argentina.
  • Paul Goren, M.P.Aff. 1994, Lewis-Sebring Director, Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute
  • Andrea Kane, M.P.Aff. 1985, White House Domestic Policy Council as a special assistant to President Clinton, leading a four-person team responsible for the administration's policies on welfare reform and working families
  • Nerio Neirotti, M.P.Aff. 1996, Secretary of Postgraduate Studies, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.
  • David Nielsen, M.P.Aff. 1990, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Bill Owens, M.P.Aff. 1975, Governor of Colorado from 1999–2007
  • Michael Reyna, M.P.Aff. 1982, Chairman Farm Credit Administration 2000-2004.[33]
  • Hector Robles Peiro, PhD, Councilmen of the municipality of Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; for the period beginning on 1 January 2007 until his term ends in January 2010.
  • Austin Smythe, M.P.Aff. 1980, former OMB Acting Director, Staff Director of Budget Committee - Republican Office - House of Representatives.
  • Eduardo Luna, M.P.Aff. 1989, City Auditor, City of San Diego, CA.
  • Margo Weisz, M.P.Aff. 1994, executive director since 1995 of PeopleFund.[34]
  • Ann Williams, M.P. Aff.-MBA 2000, CEO Okto in Brazil.[35]
  • Beth Beck, M.P.Aff 1985, Space Operations Outreach Program Manager, NASA
  • Kathleen Merrigan, M.P.Aff 1987, Deputy Secretary, USDA
  • Sarah Ducich, M.P.Aff 1984, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Sallie Mae
  • Carmel Martin, M.P.Aff 1994, Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education

See also

List of facilities named after Lyndon Johnson


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  11. ^ "A Brief History of the LBJ School of Public Affairs". University of Texas. 
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  22. ^ LBJ School - News & Publications - Great Society Fund
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  24. ^ UChannel - 2007 LBJ School Commencement Address
  25. ^ LBJ School - News & Publications - Vernon Jordan to Deliver Spring Convocation Address
  26. ^ Search - Public Affairs - Best Graduate Schools - Education - US News and World Report
  27. ^ "Fast Facts About the LBJ School". Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. 2004. Archived from the original on 2006-02-08. Retrieved 2006-05-24. 
  28. ^ "Turning Thirty: Curriculum Changes Over the Past Three Decades of the LBJ School MPAff Program" (PDF). Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. 2002. Retrieved 2006-05-24. 
  29. ^ "LBJ School of Public Affairs". UT-Austin Office of Public Affairs. March 18, 1999. Retrieved 2006-05-24. 
  30. ^ "A 30th Anniversary Timeline". Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. May 22, 2002. Retrieved 2006-05-24. 
  31. ^ LBJ School - Faculty - James B. Steinberg
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  33. ^ LBJ School News Brief
  34. ^ PeopleFund ~ Achieving social & economic equality through strategic investment :: Our Staff
  35. ^ Economia e Negócios

External links

  • LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • LBJ School Austin Alumni Association

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