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March 19, 2015

The LBJ School is pleased to announce the 25th recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA), Mike Naeve, who is a member of the inaugural entering class in 1970.

May 22, 2014

Johnie Jones graduated from the LBJ School in 2011 and was hired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) where he works on strategic partnerships for the department. Recently profiled by The Pacific Standard in their "30 Thinkers Under 30" series, Johnie has distinguished himself as a rising leader in the federal agriculture policy arena. In this Q&A, Johnie discusses some of the greatest policy challenges currently facing our nation, as well as other activities taking place at USDA.

February 13, 2014

When Randall Kempner, an LBJ School graduate (’98) and a 5th generation Texan, saw the Broadway show Evita as a child, he knew his life was going to be influenced by developments on other continents, whether he liked it or not. This realization led Kempner on a journey from Galveston to Washington, D.C. where he is now the Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of 200 organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. In this position, Randall oversees the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program and advocacy agenda, including training programs for investing in emerging-market entrepreneurs, promoting investment opportunities in emerging market small businesses, and developing standardized financial, social and environmental metrics for impact investment.  In this Q&A, Kempner discusses the roll of business in international development and the biggest drivers of income inequality today.

December 9, 2013

The Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA) is the highest honor the LBJ School of Public Affairs bestows on its graduates and is reserved for those who go above and beyond in their leadership commitment to public service. This year, the LBJ School is pleased to announce David Berteau (MPAff ’81) as the recipient of the 2013 DPSA.

November 4, 2013

The LBJ School of Public Affairs is celebrating the launch of the redesigned Baines Report as the School’s officially sponsored, student-led policy opinion publication.

The new webpage has a streamlined layout and an enhanced focus on social and digital media. The Baines Report now publishes opinion pieces, blogs and podcasts.

May 29, 2013

Daniel Sepulveda (MPAff '96) has been nominated by President Barack Obama as a candidate for the position of Ambassador.

February 15, 2013

Alumnus Robert N. Campbell, III (MPAff '73) awarded the Lyndon Johnson School of Public Affairs Alumni Association's Distinguished Public Service Award.

September 24, 2012

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.

August 2, 2012

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.


July 23, 2012

The Climate Change and African Political Stability program has offered 82 students over three years the opportunity for field research in Africa, focusing on the role climate change may play in political stability in African countries. Three students share their experiences with the program.

June 27, 2012

In a project designed to expose students to real-world policymaking, LBJ School students produced sample briefings for the next presidential transition. The project was part of a course on strategy and decision-making in global policy, which showcased the blending of scholarly study and policy relevant exercises that are the hallmark of education at the LBJ School.

June 12, 2012

The 2012 edition of the Thinkers and Doers Summer Internship Blog has launched with 12 student bloggers focusing on policy issues for a variety of governmental, non-governmental and non-profit organizations around the world. From domestic criminal justice policy issues in Texas, to issues of poverty and outreach in Guatemala, these student interns will share their on-going stories as they develop the skills to become change agents in the world of public affairs. We invite you to meet our bloggers and learn about their various policy interests and then follow along as they describe their fieldwork.

May 1, 2012

The LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Washington, D.C. Program enters its second year with three new summer graduate courses and the addition of two new nationally recognized practitioners as adjunct faculty.

April 19, 2012

Former Governor of Colorado and LBJ School alumnus Bill Owens will deliver the convocation address on Saturday, May 19, to the 2012 graduating class of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

April 16, 2012

LBJ Alumnus and Vice President of the East West Institute David Firestein delivered two talks in March and April 2012. One focused on  U.S. – Chinese Relations and the other focused on the Role of Government in American Life