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LBJ School of Public Affairs Marks New Dean Arrival, New School Building Dedication with Three-Day ‘Homecoming Celebration’

Celebration included a formal building dedication, a special event with Former U. S. Secretary of State James Baker, the Center for Politics and Governance Hispanic Leadership Summit, and an all-day alumni homecoming, concluding with a special presentation by the dean and reception

Robert Hutchings, dean of the LBJ School, Luci Baines Johnson, James B. Steinberg, former dean of the LBJ School, William C. Powers, Jr., president of The University of Texas at AustinAUSTIN, Texas-- March 30, 2010-- The LBJ School of Public Affairs ended a three-day homecoming celebration honoring the arrival of Dean Robert Hutchings and marking the completion of the School’s $19 million renovation with a presentation by Dean Hutchings on March 26, followed by a reception hosted by the dean and Mrs. Hutchings.

LBJ School Building Dedication

The three-day celebration began with a formal building dedication on March 24 featuring William C. Powers, Jr., president of The University of Texas at Austin, Robert Hutchings, new dean of the LBJ School, Luci Baines Johnson, and James B. Steinberg, former dean of the LBJ School.

In his remarks, Dean Hutchings emphasized what an exciting time it was to be engaged in public policy. “We are on the cusp of the most profound shift in global power and influence a hundred years. We are witnessing a revolution in public affairs, as the ever-accelerating forces of globalization are rendering obsolete the old categories by which we mapped our world –east/west, north/south, developed/underdeveloped.”

Hutchings concluded his remarks by referencing a quote from President Johnson “You will find meaning only by sharing in the responsibilities, the dangers, and the passions of your time.”

Antonio Flores, President and CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and Dean Robert Hutchings, participate in a panel on Hispanics and higher education

According to Hutchings, “The responsibilities, dangers, and passions may have altered somewhat since LBJ’s time, but the sentiment is every bit of inspiring – and challenging – as it was when he spoke those words.

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CPG Perspectives Series Featuring Former U. S. Secretary of State James Baker, III

The building dedication was immediately followed by a special evening with Former U. S. Secretary of State James Baker, III, interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO and Center for Politics and Governance Fellow, Evan Smith, in the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium. The event was the most recent installment in the Center’s on-going Perspectives Series.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker and Evan Smith, CPG Center Fellow, CEO of the Texas Tribune2010 Hispanic Leadership Summit

The three-day homecoming continued with the Center’s Hispanic Leadership Summit, “Education: the Key to Unlock our Future,” which featured Dean Hutchings, who participated in the second panel “The Role of Universities in Developing the Next Generation of Leaders,” and delivered the closing remarks. The Hispanic Leadership Summit was a day-long examination of emerging policy issues, bringing together academic and prominent leaders from across the country.

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LBJ School Open House

The week concluded with a day-long open house where alumni from as far away as Paris, Holland, and Puerto Rico came together to tour the new facilities and to meet and mingle with current students. The Office of Student and Alumni Programs at the School hosted a lunch-time panel featuring alumni from Washington D.C. and Austin from the graduating class of 2005. Panelists included Camellia Falcon, Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton; David James, Web Developer for Sunlight Labs; Eli Massey, Energy Industry Analyst, and Elizabeth Lien, program examiner at the Office of Management and Budget, from the Washington D.C area. From the Austin area, panelists included: Joe Siedlecki, Education Program Officer; Maddie Sloan, an Equal Justice Works Katrina Legal Fellow with Texas Appleseed and Rachel Maguire, a research director at the Institute for the Future.

Dean Robert HutchingsPresentation by Dean Robert Hutchings

The day concluded with a presentation by Dean Hutchings in the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium. The presentation included a special gift of a wall tile from the Class of 2005, which they presented to Dean Hutchings. Joe Laufer (’05) presented the tile and said that it is his hope that other graduating classes will follow suite and donate tiles for a commemorative wall at the LBJ School.

The presentation also offered the opportunity for Darlene Lanham (’05), representative of the class of 2005, to present Judge Edward Emmett, Harris County Judge, with this year’s Distinguished Public Service Award.

Following remarks by Judge Emmett, Dean Hutchings took the stage for a presentation to alumni, students, faculty and staff where he outlined his vision for the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Hutchings also took questions from the audience.

The event ended with a reception hosted by the Dean and Mrs. Hutchings.