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Alumni Spotlights and Events

Alumni Spotlights and Events

Media Mention November 26, 2012

(Stacey Abrams, MPAff '98) Lawmaker tells students they can change the world

Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (MPAff '98) on Monday urged Albany State University students to use the power of the ballot box and to always remember that they are the ones who ‘hire’ their elected officials.

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Media Mention November 2, 2012

AWB hires Canedy (MPAff '04) to work on health care, education issues

Matthew Canedy has joined the Association of Washington Business as its government affairs director for health care and education issues.

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Media Mention October 30, 2012

(Jon) Weizenbaum (MPAff '01) to Lead Department of Aging and Disability Services

Weizenbaum to Lead Department of Aging and Disability Services

AUSTIN – Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek, M.D., today announced that Jon Weizenbaum will be the next commissioner of the Department of Aging and Disability Services (

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News October 16, 2012

LBJ School to Host Annual NASPAA Conference of Deans and Directors of Nation’s Top Public Affairs Schools and Programs

The LBJ School of Public Affairs will host the 2012 Annual National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Conference in Austin Oct. 18-20. NASPAA is the accrediting body of 280 college, school and graduate programs in public administration, public policy and public affairs, which collectively award more than 10,000 public administration and public policy degrees each year.

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News September 24, 2012

Former Deputy Comptroller of Texas Billy Hamilton on the State Budget, the Role of Public Service and the Value of his LBJ School Education

From the rising cost of healthcare to financing Texas’ public education system, there’s very little Billy Hamilton didn’t touch on during his tenure as the Texas Deputy Comptroller. Hamilton (MPAff 1975) is known in the world of public service as an insightful and compassionate manager. A long-time employee of the Texas State Comptroller’s Office, Hamilton answered over 14,000 employee questions in six years on his “Ask Billy” blog. A member of the third graduating class of the LBJ School, Hamilton has risen through the ranks of state government with a reputation as a public servant dedicated to flattening communications between employees and top-level administrators. Hamilton currently operates his own consulting firm in Austin. We asked Billy to share his thoughts on several pertinent issues surrounding the state of public affairs, Texas politics and leadership.

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News September 21, 2012

Opening the Black Box on Education: High-Stakes Accountability Examined

This issue of how to best prepare students is at the forefront of national and state debates. Global competitors continue to surpass the United States in areas of education and labor force measures. Growing high school drop out rates, among other striking statistics, bring the debate about how to objectively measure student achievement to the forefront. LBJ School faculty continue to inform the debate with rigorous and innovative education policy research.

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News August 2, 2012

LBJ Alumnus Receives German Chancellor Fellowship to Study Renewable Energy

Recent LBJ School graduate Eric Borden is the recipient of a German Chancellor Fellowship and will be spending the next year in Germany working on a research project of his own design focusing on renewable energy.


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News June 7, 2012

Faculty Article on Women’s Health Coverage Awarded Women’s Health Issues Leadership Prize

Professor Jacqui Angel’s article on women and health coverage was awarded the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for the best paper published in Women’s Health Issues in 2011.

In her article titled “A Window of Vulnerability: Health Insurance Coverage Among Women 55 to 64 Years of Age”, Angel focuses on one particularly vulnerable group of women, those who find themselves without adequate health insurance coverage when their older husbands retire.

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News June 6, 2012

Cassius Johnson (MPAff '02) Joins Carnegie Corporation of New York

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Cassius O. Johnson (MPAff '02), an education policy analyst, will join

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News May 31, 2012

LBJ Professor Peter Ward Delivers Keynote Address at International UNHABITAT Conference

On May 7, LBJ School Professor Peter M. Ward delivered a keynote address at an international United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) conference in Kuwait.

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