An agreement is reached between President Lyndon B. Johnson and The University
of Texas Board of Regents to build two complementary facilities, one a library
for Johnson's presidential papers, the other a school of public affairs.
John Gronouski, a former U.S. Postmaster General and Ambassador to Poland
under President Johnson, is appointed the first dean of the LBJ School by
the UT Board of Regents.
The LBL School of Public Affairs begins classes with 18 students; more
than 250 applied for admission.
Dedication ceremonies are held for the LBJ School and the LBJ Library; the
keynote speaker is President Richard Nixon.
The first commencement ceremonies are held in the East Campus Lecture Hall
(later renamed Bass Lecture Hall), with 10 students graduating in the first
class; the speaker is Allen E. Pritchard, Jr., vice president of the National
League of Cities.
President Lyndon B. Johnson addresses LBJ School students for the last time;
he dies at his ranch in Johnson City in January 1973
William B. Cannon becomes dean.
The first issue of the LBJ School newsletter, The Record, is printed.
The first Total Institution Follies "layed low all the sacred cows that
could be herded into a half-hour performance at the Alumni Center."
Alan K. Campbell, dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
at Syracuse University, becomes LBJ School dean.
Alan Campbell resigns the deanship to become head of the U.S. Civil Service
Commission, a presidential appointment.
Elspeth Rostow, dean of the UT Austin Division of General and Comparative
Studies, is named dean of the LBJ School.
At President Jimmy Carter's invitation, Dean Elspeth Rostow attends the
White House signing ceremony of the Executive Order creating the Presidential
Management Intern (PMI) Program.
Five second-year LBJ School students are listed in the first group of
250 in the nation chosen to participate in the Presidential Management
Internship Program established by President Jimmy Carter. The five finalists
are Kenneth S. Apfel, Bonnie T. Fisher, John L. Hall, Lee Solsbery, and
Mary Kay Stack.
The UT System Board of Regents approves U.S. Representative Barbara Jordan's
appointment to the LBJ School. Effective January 1979, after retiring from
Congress, Jordan will hold the new Lyndon B. Johnson Public Service Professorship.
A reception is held to acknowledge a $500,000 donation to the School's
Public Affairs Library from Lew and Edie Wasserman. The donation is to be
used primarily for automation.
Elspeth Rostow leaves the deanship.
Max Sherman, a former Texas state senator and university president, becomes
the new LBJ School dean.
The Graduate Public Affairs Council (GPAC) is established as the LBJ School
student governing body.
The LBJ School hosts the first Governor's Executive Development Program,
an intensive training program for high-level state agency officials.
A three-year grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation funds the
new Program in U.S.-Mexican Policy Studies. Professor Sidney Weintraub is
The UT Center for the Study of Human Resources becomes part of the LBJ School.
The center was created in 1969 by Professor Ray Marshall, then Chairman of
the UT Economics Department.
The Perot Foundation of Dallas gives $100,000 to the LBJ School to fund a
Barbara Jordan Scholarship Program for four new LBJ School students of outstanding
achievement and potential.
An organizational meeting is held for the LBJ School of Public Affairs Community
Service Organization, a student-led volunteer service group.
The first issue of the LBJ Journal is published; founding editors are
Tamar Osterman and David Twenhafel.
The new Ph.D. in Public Policy degree program begins with an entering class
of six students.
The 21st Century Project moves from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the LBJ School.
Gary Chapman is the director; Professor Susan Hadden is an associate.
The LBJ School launches a home page on the World Wide Web. Maintained by the
Publications Office, the site contains general information about the school,
faculty biographies, descriptions of degree programs, and admissions information.
LBJ School students organize the first Barbara Jordan Memorial Forum on Diversity
in Public Policy; the forum is intended to reinforce the concept of diversity
in the aftermath of the Hopwood decision.
Max Sherman leaves the deanship.
Edwin Dorn, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, becomes
The Texas Institute for Public Problem Solving (TIPPS) is established with
a $1 million grant from the U.S. Justice Department.
The new LBJ School Advisory Council holds its first meeting. The 28-member
council was formed to identify issues related to public affairs, serve as
a liaison to the marketplace for graduates, assist in the recruitment of faculty
and students, and increase the school's financial resources.
An event is held to announce that the Center for the Study of Human Resources
is being renamed the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources
and an endowment campaign is being launched in Marshall's name.
The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service officially begins operations;
the event announcing its establishment is held March 2. The center is endowed
through grants from the RGK Foundation and Houston Endowment Inc.
The U.S.-Mexican Policy Studies Program becomes part of the new Inter-American
Policy Studies Program, cosponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies
and the LBJ School.
The Center for Ethical Leadership sponsors its first international conference
on leadership education.
The Technology and Public Policy Program (tp3) is established to support research
and other activities related to technology policy.
The Program in Health and Social Policy is created as the umbrella program
for social policy research activities at the LBJ School.
The LBJ School celebrates the 30th anniversary of the graduation of its
first class with a three-day gala (www.utexas.edu/lbj/anniversary)
culminating with commencement; former President George Bush is the keynote