The University of Texas at Austin has named JR DeShazo as the next dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. DeShazo's appointment begins Sept. 10.
DeShazo comes to UT Austin from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he serves as the founding director of the Luskin Center for Innovation, one of the nation's leading environmental policy research centers.
DeShazo has served in a variety of leadership roles including as chair and vice-chair of the UCLA Department of Public Policy. He is a professor of public policy with joint appointments in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Urban Planning, and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
JR DeShazo Appointed Dean of LBJ School of Public Affairs (UT News, July 14, 2021)
"Many of the challenges and opportunities we face as a society require the sort of public policy leadership that only world class schools like the LBJ School can provide. Through its teaching and research, the LBJ School is positioned to make an even greater impact moving forward and I'm thrilled to welcome JR as the school's next dean," said UT Austin President Jay Hartzell. "JR's leadership experience at UCLA will help strengthen the amazing work already happening in the LBJ School as it continues to attract top talent, educate future leaders and policymakers, and ultimately, serve Texas and the world."
In his leadership roles, DeShazo has prioritized faculty research and the student experience. He led campuswide interdisciplinary research efforts, enhanced training and mentorship of students, and spearheaded efforts to better support underrepresented faculty members and students. DeShazo was also responsible for fostering strategic partnerships with leading organizations, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.
"I am honored to lead the LBJ School with its rich intellectual and policy legacy," said DeShazo. "We not only educate the nation's brightest students who have answered the call to public service but also produce research that guides society's adoption of policies that aim to enhance the freedom, opportunity and welfare enjoyed by all."
"We not only educate the nation's brightest students who have answered the call to public service but also produce research that guides society's adoption of policies that aim to enhance the freedom, opportunity and welfare enjoyed by all."
—LBJ Dean-designate JR DeShazo
DeShazo is a distinguished scholar who focuses on clean technology policies, policy design to enhance environmental equity, methods for valuing changes in environmental quality, and the performance of public agencies. Through his research and appointments, he has served as a policy adviser to international organizations such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations, as well as federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency.
DeShazo earned a doctorate in urban planning from Harvard University; a master's degree in development economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar; and a bachelor's degree from the College of William & Mary.
DeShazo will serve as the 12th dean of the LBJ School, a public policy school nationally ranked at No. 7 that offers graduate degrees in domestic and global affairs. Founded in 1970 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the school has 4,500 alumni worldwide.
Thrilled to welcome JR DeShazo as the next dean of the @TheLBJSchool! His leadership will strengthen the amazing work already happening at LBJ as it continues to attract top talent and educate future leaders & policy makers #WhatStartsHere https://t.co/Foi2Pril7S— Jay Hartzell (@JCHartzell) July 14, 2021
"One of the draws of taking on the position of dean is you – one of 4,500 alumni whose commitment to policy and service are the living legacy of Pres. Johnson's vision. I hope that I can serve you as well as you have served the LBJ community."— LBJ School Alumni (@LBJSchoolAlumni) July 14, 2021
Welcome, Dean-designate DeShazo https://t.co/uPoP6rCuHf pic.twitter.com/3BFEWlG3PC
Welcome to the APSIA family! https://t.co/RJ70uYT8L8— APSIA (@apsiainfo) July 14, 2021
So excited! https://t.co/OOPVWPqy7I— Andrew Waxman (@andrewrwaxman) July 14, 2021
Welcome, Dean-designate DeShazo! https://t.co/6nuSHuDCuR— RGK Center (@RGK_Center) July 14, 2021
Welcome to Texas, JR DeShazo! https://t.co/iUSnrbrA0j— Texas Connect (@TexasConnect2) July 14, 2021
Cat’s out of the bag…we’re moving to Austin! Sad to leave @CMCnews , my supportive home for over a decade & a gem of a college, but excited to join my new colleagues @TheLBJSchool in August! Oh, and huge congrats to this guy! #econtwitter https://t.co/t5kEmSrAeg— Mary F. Evans (@mfranevans) July 14, 2021
Welcome @JRDeshazo!— UT-Austin Economics (@UTAustinEcon) July 14, 2021
Welcome! https://t.co/qCAwLHjvh7— Fiona Mazurenko (@FionaMazurenko) July 14, 2021
Thank you @jrdeshazo for your tireless work on climate adaptation and invaluable mentorship over the past several years. You will certainly keep making a positive impact on people and the environment at @TheLBJSchool in Austin! https://t.co/Ka96hGg2rZ— Kelly Turner (@VKellyTurner) July 14, 2021
I can't put into a tweet thread how much I learned from JR.— Greg Pierce (@gregspierce) July 14, 2021
Or appreciated his mentorship, friendship and commitment to impactful research.
Congrats, and I look forward to seeing your work at UT! https://t.co/f5Q680232o
Big news! Congratulations to Mary and JR. https://t.co/ycfdMDzF7B— Matthew E. Kahn (@mattkahn1966) July 14, 2021
Great News! Delighted to see a top School of Public Policy/Public Affairs place Sustainability at its core. Congratulations to @TheLBJSchool and to my two dear friends @JRDeshazo and @mfranevans. LBJ just hired an amazing Dean and two truly outstanding environmental economists! https://t.co/G3JpafqA3i— Antonio M. Bento (@amb396) July 14, 2021