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LBJ School of Public Affairs Launches Washington, D.C. Program

AUSTIN, Texas, May 16, 2011 -- The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs officially opened its LBJ School Washington Program on May 16.

The program will begin with two graduate seminars this summer, taught by regular LBJ School faculty and open to alumni and public policy professionals as well as the LBJ School students. The program will expand in coming years to include a larger number of summer courses and within 3 or 4 years will evolve into a full semester of courses to complement D.C.-based internships, career fairs, alumni events, and other programs.

The program will reside in the University of Texas’s Archer Center, located at 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, just three blocks from the White House and across the street from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

“Building a stronger presence for the School in Washington, affording our students new academic and professional opportunities there, has been among my highest priorities since I arrived just over a year ago,” said Robert Hutchings, Dean of the LBJ School. “I am gratified that the program has come together so quickly and that the first classes offered are already fully subscribed.

“We look forward to the program’s rapid expansion in the coming years,” Hutchings continued, “so that the LBJ School will join the very few public policy schools offering academic programs in Washington.”

The LBJ School’s connection to Washington, D.C., goes back to its founding 40 years ago by the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. In addition to having strong roots in Texas, the Johnson School has long had a strong national and international presence. Hundreds of LBJ School alumni call D.C. home, occupying senior positions in federal government, think tanks, and many other institutions.

One such distinguished alumna is Kathleen A. Merrigan, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, who will deliver the convocation address to the School’s 2011 graduating class on May 21, 2011.

Other Washington, D.C. Initiatives
The LBJ School plans a yearly conference to take place in Washington, D.C. The first will be the recently announced health privacy summit “Getting IT Right: Protecting Patient Privacy Rights in a Wired World,” which is planned for June 13 and will feature academics, advocates, government, health care, and those in the technology field. The health privacy summit will be followed by a fiscal budget conference schedule for late fall to be hosted by the School’s Center for Politics and Governance.

Other Washington, D.C. initiatives include instituting a more robust series of alumni events, an alumni summer speak series and a renewed effort to reach out to our 600 Washington-area alumni, will also be a part of this program.

New Washington, D.C. Website Portal
Today also marks the launch of a website portal that aggregates all of the School’s efforts in Washington, D.C. such as faculty and alumni news, D.C.-area resources, and information on upcoming events. This new webpage will serve as a window for all stakeholders to connect with and leverage opportunities in the D.C.-area.