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The LBJ School Welcomes Two New Faculty Members This Fall

Photo of Carolyn HeinrichCarolyn Heinrich (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is the Sid Richardson Professor of Public Affairs and affiliated Professor of Economics and the Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.

Prior to her appointment on July 1, 2011, she was the Director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Heinrich’s research focuses on social welfare policy, labor force development, public management and econometric methods for program evaluation. She works directly in her research with governments at all levels, including with the federal government on evaluations of workforce development programs, with states on their social welfare and child support programs, and school districts in the evaluation of supplemental educational services and other educational interventions.

Dr. Jeremi Suri has a joint appointment in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the University of Texas at Austin Department of History. He is the first holder of the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair in Leadership in Global Affairs at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Suri was previously with the University of Wisconsin, where he was the E. Gordon Fox Professor of History, the Director of the European Union Center of Excellence, and the Director of the Grand Strategy Program.

Dr. Suri's new book, “Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama” (Simon and Schuster, 2011) will be released on September 27. Visit this web site for more information about his book tour, which includes dates in the Washington, D.C. area, Madison, Wis., and Raleigh, N.C.

LBJ School Graduate Students Explore the Changing Policy Landscape in 9/11 Policy Retrospective

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11, the Baines Report, a graduate student publication of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, has issued a special “9/11 Policy Retrospective” edition, analyzing how policy issues such as immigration, veteran’s benefits, national security, energy and media engagement have altered and evolved over the last decade. Read the full article.

Lynn Anderson, Retired LBJ School Faculty Member, Dies at 90

Lynn Anderson, a retired faculty member of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, died on September 3, 2011 at the age of 90. Professor Anderson held various teaching, research, and administrative positions with the University of Texas from 1946 until his retirement in 1997, including the directorship of the Institute of Public Affairs prior to the opening of the LBJ School in 1970.  Read more here.

Alumni Web Site Updated

The alumni section of the LBJ School Web site received a much-needed facelift this past summer. Although it is still a work in progress, we hope it is now easier to find the information you want.

  • Interested in volunteering? Check out the Get Involved link to learn about the many ways in which alumni can make a difference.
  • Want to know more about the Alumni Association and Chapters? Visit this page.
  • Alumni Awards and Recognition is a new section that highlights the achievements of LBJ School alumni.

We hope you will visit soon and let us know what you think of the new alumni section.

Texas Exes Hires First Female CEO

Leslie Cedar (BS ’89, MBA ’98) became the chief executive officer of the Texas Exes on July 1. In an interview by McCombs TODAY, Cedar explained why protecting and promoting UT matters to alumni.

Well, there is the self-interest reason, which is I want the reputation of the school I  attended to be intact or better throughout my lifetime. And this is certainly relevant to people who are 20 years into their career, when they’re interviewing for a CEO position, when they’re interviewing for a senior vice president position. Those people evaluating them are going to look at where they earned their degree. They’re going to judge that based on the reputation of the business school today. Not when they went 20 years ago. So the advocacy of the market value of that degree is vitally important throughout your career.

Beyond self, there is the fact that the university contributes significantly economically to the community, state, and nation.

And then there’s that irrational passion for the school called pride.

Read the full article, which ran in the The Alcalde on August 9.