Selena Walsh Named Director of LBJ School's Executive Master in Public Leadership Program | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

January 12, 2018, AUSTIN, Texas – Selena Walsh has been named the new director of the Executive Master’s in Public Leadership (EMPL) program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. In her new role, Walsh will lead the day-to-day administrative activities of the program which includes recruitment and selection of students; creating and expanding the relationships with prospective employers; working with and supporting faculty, program mentors and alumni; and generally raising the profile of the EMPL program in the public and nonprofit community. Walsh will assume her position on January 16, 2018.

Walsh comes with a wealth of leadership experience in public, private and not for profit sectors, most recently serving as the strategic change office consultant for USAA. Previously she served as Director of Administration for North American Development Bank; Director of Governmental Relations for Neighborhood Centers, Inc., in Houston, Austin and Washington, DC; Executive Director of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus; and Executive Director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

“I look forward to working with faculty, current students and alumni incorporating our professional experience and executive education to continue to produce authentic leaders prepared to tackle the complex issues of our time." —Selena Walsh-Wheeler

“Selena, a graduate of the first EMPL cohort and holder of successful leadership positions in the professional ranks, has a keen understanding of the importance of developing leaders through rigorous academic and practical training,” Angela Evans, dean of the LBJ School, said. “Her continued commitment to being part of our innovative executive education program coupled with her vision for its next phase made it clear that she is the right person for this role.”

"It is an honor to join the LBJ community in my new role as director of the EMPL program,” Walsh said. “I look forward to working with faculty, current students and alumni incorporating our professional experience and executive education to continue to produce authentic leaders prepared to tackle the complex issues of our time."  

The Executive Master's in Public Leadership Program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, launched in 2013, offers a 14-month Master of Public Affairs degree for accomplished, working professionals focused on public and nonprofit leadership.