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From the Dean

Dear Friends,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to our inaugural alumni newsletter. I have had a chance to meet with quite a few of you – here at the School on many occasions, in D.C. several times, for dinner at my home, and even at Nasty’s Pub, which I found every bit as elegant as the name implies. Even before my arrival as dean last March, I set as one of my highest priorities building up a vibrant, interactive alumni network, so that the LBJ School experience can be an ongoing part of your life and work. I soon found that many alumni were already quite active, engaged, and linked up; all they needed was a similar level of engagement from the School.

Robert HutchingsI hope you are beginning to feel some positive changes. As I said at our alumni reception on Capitol Hill in November, up until now there have been good intentions on my part; now, with the arrival of our dynamic new alumni affairs coordinator, Michelle Potter-Bacon, there will be not only good intentions but also follow-through!  Michelle and I are discussing many new things that the School can do to strengthen the alumni network. Some of these are mainly social and personal, so that you can better keep up with one another’s lives. Others are in the vein of professional networking and professional development, both with fellow alumni and with current students. There are also opportun