LBJ School of Public Affairs

In This Issue

Message from Dean Robert Hutchings

Dear Friends,

It is an exciting time to be engaged in public policy — a time when the challenges of society demand the very skills and training deeply embedded in the community of the LBJ School. Today, I am pleased to introduce the first edition of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs electronic newsletter, expressly designed to convey the impact of the activities and research of our School community. I hope as you read this newsletter over the year you will be as humbled as I am by the strong commitment to public service embraced throughout the school.

Warmest regards,
Robert Hutchings, Dean

Opening the Black Box on Education:
LBJ School Examines High-Stakes Testing

Carolyn Heinrich, director of the Center for Health and Social Policy, is among several scholars at the school contributing to the national discussion of education policy reform.

Fostering Diversity in the Military: Fisher v. University of Texas

In this Time Magazine opinion piece in advance of oral arguments in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Supreme Court case, Admiral Bobby R. Inman, U.S. Navy (Ret.) and Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy, argues that race-based consideration in university admissions is vital to ensuring diversity in leadership in the U.S. armed forces.

VIDEO: Graduate students make a difference in Haiti


A team of graduate students traveled to Haiti as part of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service Curtis W. Meadows, Jr. Social Enterprise Fellows program. The students conducted an assessment of the local water supply to help the community gain better access to clean water.

Alumni Spotlight: Q&A with Former Deputy Comptroller of Texas, Billy Hamilton

Billy Hamilton (MPAff '75) discusses his tenure as the Texas Deputy Comptroller, the state budget, the role of public service, and the value of his LBJ School education.

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