Donald Kettl named academic director of the LBJ Washington Center | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Donald F. Kettl, professor and academic director, LBJ Washington Center

March 27, 2018, AUSTIN, Texas – Donald Kettl, former dean and a professor of public policy at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, has been appointed to the faculty of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his appointment as tenured professor, Kettl will also serve as Academic Director of the LBJ Washington Center, dividing his time between Washington and Austin. The Center serves as both the Washington, DC, campus of the LBJ School and a new federal policy and research center in the nation’s capital.

As a professor at the LBJ School, Kettl will develop and teach courses in public management. As academic director, Kettl will develop programs for the LBJ community to further advance scholarship in public administration and to enhance the school’s engagement with the policy communities of public management, public administration and public leadership at the national level. Kettl also will coordinate all course offerings at the LBJ Washington Center and head the academic committee in Austin charged with academic policy for the Washington program.


"It's such a privilege to be joining the LBJ School community. The school is known across the United States—and across the globe—as one of the premier programs of public affairs, and it will be a delight to have a chance to work with so many thoughtful and influential colleagues. I'm very much looking forward to the opportunity to help grow and further strengthen the school's impact in Washington, through the DC Center." —Donald F. Kettl

"We are thrilled to welcome Donald Kettl to the LBJ School and the LBJ Washington Center," said Angela Evans, dean of the LBJ School. "As one of the most distinguished scholars in the field, our students will benefit from Dr. Kettl's expertise and passion for public service. In collaboration with Tom O'Donnell, executive director of the LBJ Washington Center, Dr. Kettl will develop the center into a hub of thought leadership on issues of public policy with a global, national, state and local perspective."

"It's such a privilege to be joining the LBJ School community," Kettl said. "The school is known across the United States—and across the globe—as one of the premier programs of public affairs, and it will be a delight to have a chance to work with so many thoughtful and influential colleagues. I'm very much looking forward to the opportunity to help grow and further strengthen the school's impact in Washington, through the DC Center."

Kettl brings with him a depth and breadth of scholarship in the areas of government management and organization, having spent nearly four decades in academia, published countless books, articles and monographs and received several prestigious awards, including the Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration for the best book published in public administration, twice.

He has received three lifetime achievement awards: the American Political Science Association's John Gaus Award for a lifetime of exemplary scholarship in political science and public administration; the Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources for outstanding contributions in the field of public sector personnel management; and the Donald C. Stone Award of the American Society for Public Administration for significant contributions to field of intergovernmental relations. Professor Kettl has consulted broadly for government organizations at all levels, both in the United States and abroad. He also chaired two gubernatorial blue-ribbon commissions for the Wisconsin state government: one on campaign finance reform and the other on government structure and finance.

Established in 2014 by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, the LBJ Washington Center is designed to prepare the next generation to take on effective leadership roles in DC through a unique 18-month master's degree program with a specifically tailored federal policy curriculum. With a physical presence in DC, this Center also provides a platform for elevating the LBJ School and The University of Texas in policy discourse and debate at the national level through conferences, workshops and media briefings.