Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon Baines Johnson , often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States after his service as the 37th Vice President of the United States...

 School of Public Affairs
(or LBJ School of Public Affairs) is a graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is a state research university located in Austin, Texas, USA, and is the flagship institution of the The University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, its campus is located approximately from the Texas State Capitol in Austin...

 that was founded in 1970 to offer professional training in public policy analysis and administration for students interested in pursuing careers in government and public affairs-related areas of the private and nonprofit sectors. Degree programs include a Masters of Public Affairs (MPAff), a mid-career MPAff sequence, thirteen MPAff dual degree programs, a Masters of Global Policy Studies (MGPS), six MGPS dual degree programs and a Ph.D. in Public Policy.


The LBJ School offers a Master of Public Affairs program in public policy analysis and administration that prepares graduates to assume leadership positions in government, business, and non-profit organizations. In addition, thirteen master's-level dual degree programs blend public affairs study with specialized professions or area studies and are structured so that students can earn the Master of Public Affairs degree and a second degree in less time than it would take to earn them separately." Program offerings include a traditional Master of Public Affairs program, a mid-career master's program, eight master's-level programs leading to dual degrees (Asian Studies and Public Affairs, Business, Communication, Engineering, Latin American Studies, Law, Middle Eastern Studies, and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies), and a Ph. D. in Public Policy program. Master's students have the option to specialize in one of seven areas: international affairs; natural resources and the environment; nonprofit and philanthropic studies; public leadership and management; social and economic policy; technology, innovation, and information policy; or urban and state affairs. As of 2010-2011, the LBJ School has graduated 3,162 master's degree students since its first inaugural class of 1972, as well as 39 Ph.D. students since 1996.

In 2008, the LBJ School also introduced a Master of Global Policy Studies that offers a multidisciplinary approach to the complex economic, political, technological, and social issues of the 21st century. Program offerings include specializations in the areas of security, law and diplomacy; international trade and finance; development; global governance and international law; energy, environment, and technology; regional international policy, and customized specializations. The LBJ School also offers dual degree partnerships with the following master's programs: business, energy and earth resources, journalism, Latin American studies, law, and Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies.

The school also sponsors a variety of non-degree programs for public affairs professionals.

Student initiatives

  • The Great Society Fund was created by the class of 2005 to finance innovative social entrepreneurship projects started by LBJ students and alumni.

Alumni chapters

These are the schools alumni chapters:
  • Austin Alumni Association Association Webpage]
  • Washington, D.C., Alumni Chapter (WALSAC)

Commencement speakers 1972-2008

  • 1972 Allen E. Pritchard, Jr., incoming Vice President, National League of Cities
  • 1973 J. J. "Jake" Pickle, U.S. Congressman from Texas; member of the House Ways and Means Committee
  • 1974 Richard W. Bolling, U.S. Congressman from Missouri; Chairman of the House Rules Committee
  • 1975 Renell Parkins, Professor of Architecture and Planning, UT Austin
  • 1976 Alice M. Rivlin, Director, Congressional Budget Office
  • 1977 Kenneth E. Boulding, Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder; 1976-77 Distinguished Visiting Tom Slick Professor of World Peace, LBJ School
  • 1978 James C. Wright, Jr., U.S. Congressman from Texas (Majority Leader)
  • 1979 Barbara Jordan, former U.S. Congresswoman from Texas; holder of the Lyndon B. Johnson Public Service Professorship, LBJ School
  • 1980 Joseph Califano, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Carter Administration; former Special Assistant to President Lyndon Johnson
  • 1981 Walter E. Mondale, former Vice President of the United States
  • 1982 Robert S. Strauss, former Special U.S. Representative for Trade Negotiations; former Chairman, Democratic National Committee
  • 1983 Henry Cisneros, Mayor of San Antonio
  • 1984 Alexander Heard, Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University; Chairman of the Board, Ford Foundation
  • 1985 Bill Moyers, editor, correspondent, and news analyst, CBS News; former Special Assistant to the President and Press Secretary to President Lyndon Johnson
  • 1986 Gary Hart, U.S. Senator from Colorado
  • 1987 James C. Wright, Jr., Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1988 Yvonne B. Burke, Director, Los Angeles Branch, Federal Reserve Bank; former U.S. Congresswoman from California
  • 1989 Chase Untermeyer, White House Presidential Personnel Director, Bush Administration
  • 1990 Corrado Pirzio-Biroli, Deputy Head of the European Community Delegation, Washington, D.C.
  • 1991 Ann W. Richards, Governor of Texas
  • 1992 William F. Winter, former Governor of Mississippi
  • 1993 Richard D. Lamm, former Governor of Colorado
  • 1994 William Greider, author and journalist
  • 1995 Ellen Malcolm, Founder and President, EMILY's List (resource for pro-choice Democratic women candidates)
  • 1996 Ann W. Richards, former Governor of Texas
  • 1997 Jack Rosenthal, Editor, New York Times Magazine
  • 1998 Paul Begala, Staff Adviser to President Bill Clinton
  • 1999 Kenneth S. Apfel, U.S. Commissioner of Social Security; LBJ School Class of 1978
  • 2000 Judith A. Winston
    Judith A. Winston
    Judith A. Winston is a lawyer and law professor, former General Counsel of the US Department of Education, and was one of the lead members of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's Agency Review teams for the Departments of Education and Labor...

    , Under Secretary and General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education; former Director, President Clinton's initiative on race
  • 2001 James Carville, political strategist/consultant
  • 2002 George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States
  • 2003 Gwen Ifill, Moderator and Managing Editor, PBS Washington Week
  • 2004 Liz Carpenter, Former Press Secretary for Lady Bird Johnson
  • 2005 Don Evans, 34th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • 2006 William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
  • 2007 Bob Schieffer, CBS News Washington
  • 2008 Vernon E. Jordan Jr., former president of the National Urban League
  • 2009 Bill Bradley, former U.S. Senator
  • 2010 James B. Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
  • 2011 Kathleen A. Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. U.S. Department of Agriculture


The LBJ School is currently ranked 14th by U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is an American news magazine published from Washington, D.C. Along with Time and Newsweek it was for many years a leading news weekly, focusing more than its counterparts on political, economic, health and education stories...

in its March 2008 rankings of public affairs schools, down from 9th in 2004, 7th in 2002 and 5th in 1998.

List of deans

  1. John A. Gronouski
    John A. Gronouski
    John Austin Gronouski was the Wisconsin state commissioner of taxation and the United States Postmaster General.-Biography:...

     (September 1969–September 1974)
  2. William B. Cannon (October 1974–January 1977)
  3. Alan K. Campbell (February 1977–April 1977)
  4. Elspeth Rostow
    Elspeth Rostow
    Elspeth Rostow was born as Elspeth Vaughan Davies in Manhattan. She graduated from Barnard College in 1938...

     (April 1977–May 1983)
  5. Max Sherman
    Max Sherman
    Max Ray Sherman is a former member of the Texas State Senate from Amarillo, Texas. He was also president of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, and dean of the Lyndon B...

     (July 1983–May 1997)
  6. Edwin Dorn (Summer 1997–December 2004)
  7. Bobby Ray Inman
    Bobby Ray Inman
    Bobby Ray Inman is a retired United States admiral who held several influential positions in the U.S. Intelligence community.-Career:...

     (January 2005–December 2005)
  8. James B. Steinberg (January 2006–January 2009)
  9. Bobby Ray Inman (January 2009–March 2010)
  10. Robert Hutchings
    Robert Hutchings
    Ambassador Robert Hutchings is the dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. Previously he was Diplomat-in-Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Hutchings joined the Princeton faculty in 1997, and his...

     (March 2010–)

Notable alumni

  • James Kumar Aiyer, M.P.Aff. 1992 Houston Community College trustee
  • Kenneth S. Apfel
    Kenneth S. Apfel
    Kenneth S. Apfel was the 13th Commissioner of Social Security in the United States, filling a four-year term of office that ran from 1997 through 2001. Since 2006, he has held the position of Professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy.-References:...

    , M.P.Aff. 1978, Commissioner of the Social Security Administration
    Social Security Administration
    The United States Social Security Administration is an independent agency of the United States federal government that administers Social Security, a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivors' benefits...

     from 1997 until his term ended in January 2001
  • Robert N. Campbell, M.P.Aff. 1973, vice chairman of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP.
  • Rodney Ellis, M.P.Aff. 1977, Texas State Senator.
  • Luis Espino, M.P.Aff. 2003, Speechwriter for Mexico's President Felipe Calderón
  • Rafael Fernández de Castro (M.P.Aff. 1986), Academic Dean of the Department of International Studies, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).
  • Gabriel Fidel, M.P.Aff. 1993, Tourism Secretary, Mendoza Province, Argentina.
  • Paul Goren, M.P.Aff. 1994, Lewis-Sebring Director, Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute
  • Andrea Kane
    Andrea Kane
    Andrea Kane is an American author of romance novels. She has resided in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater Township, New Jersey, United States, with her husband Brad and daughter Wendi.-Single novels:* Dream Castle...

    , M.P.Aff. 1985, White House Domestic Policy Council as a special assistant to President Clinton
    Bill Clinton
    William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Inaugurated at age 46, he was the third-youngest president. He took office at the end of the Cold War, and was the first president of the baby boomer generation...

    , leading a four-person team responsible for the administration's policies on welfare reform and working families
  • Nerio Neirotti, M.P.Aff. 1996, Secretary of Postgraduate Studies, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.
  • David Nielsen, M.P.Aff. 1990, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    United States Department of Health and Human Services
    The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a Cabinet department of the United States government with the goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. Its motto is "Improving the health, safety, and well-being of America"...

  • Bill Owens, M.P.Aff. 1975, Governor of Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

     from 1999–2007
  • Michael Reyna, M.P.Aff. 1982, Chairman Farm Credit Administration 2000-2004.
  • Hector Robles Peiro, PhD, Councilmen of the municipality of Zapopan
    Zapopan is a city and municipality located in the Mexican state of Jalisco, which is part of the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area. It is best known as being the home of the Virgin of Zapopan, an image of the Virgin Mary which was made in the 16th century. This image has been credited with a number of...

    , Jalisco
    Jalisco officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Jalisco is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. It is located in Western Mexico and divided in 125 municipalities and its capital city is Guadalajara.It is one of the more important states...

    , Mexico
    The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

    ; for the period beginning on the 1st of January 2007 until his term ends in January 2010.
  • Austin Smythe, M.P.Aff. 1980, former OMB Acting Director, Staff Director of Budget Committee - Republican Office - House of Representatives.
  • Margo Weisz, M.P.Aff. 1994, executive director since 1995 of PeopleFund.
  • Ann Williams, M.P. Aff.-MBA 2000, CEO Okto in Brazil.
  • Beth Beck, M.P.Aff 1985, Space Operations Outreach Program Manager, NASA
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is the agency of the United States government that is responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research...

  • Kathleen Merrigan, M.P.Aff 1987, Deputy Secretary, USDA
  • Sarah Ducich, M.P.Aff 1984, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Sallie Mae
  • Carmel Martin, M.P.Aff 1994, Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education
    United States Department of Education
    The United States Department of Education, also referred to as ED or the ED for Education Department, is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government...

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