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LBJ School Dean Search Underway

AUSTIN, Texas, June 3, 2009— The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs has formally begun its search for a new dean following the departure of James B. Steinberg, dean of the LBJ School since 2006, who was named U.S. deputy secretary of state earlier this year.  Admiral Bobby R. Inman, USN (Ret.), Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy, is currently serving as interim dean, having assumed the position immediately following the departure of Steinberg.

The University of Texas at Austin Provost Steven W. Leslie has appointed a distinguished group of individuals (see below) to serve on the ad hoc Consultative Committee to advise him on the selection of the dean of the LBJ School.  Members of the committee, representing the broad range of the School's constituencies, has been charged with identifying candidates from whom Provost Leslie will choose a dean.

Advising the Consultative Committee on its nationwide and global search for highly qualified individuals to lead the School in its next phase of development is the professional executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates.  The lead consultant is Ilene H. Nagel, head of the firm’s national education practice.

Chairing the Dean Consultative Committee is Associate Dean Robert H. Wilson, Mike Hogg Professor of Urban Policy, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

“Over nearly 40 years, the LBJ School of Public Affairs has built a proud tradition of public service and cutting-edge research on the most important public policy challenges of our time,” Wilson said. “Having just gone through the 2009 Fall admission cycle and seen a 35 percent increase in our applications submissions, it’s especially gratifying to see that more and more prospective students are looking to the LBJ School to equip them with the tools and knowledge necessary to be leaders in public affairs in coming decades and to meet policy challenges that will be facing not only our nation but the global environment.  Our committee’s collective assignment is to identify those candidates that possess the vision and the leadership skills to effectively build upon the momentum evident at the LBJ School, helping to fully realize its potential as a premiere public affairs institution.”

Notably, this past year at the LBJ School has been one of unique celebration and activity. The School honored its founder’s centennial birthday, successfully introduced the Master of Global Policy Studies degree, hosted a nationally televised presidential debate and saw members of its distinguished faculty receive senior appointments in the Obama administration.  The School is also now in the final phase of its $15 million renovation project, which is on schedule for a Winter 2010 completion.

Other committee members include:

  • Professor Lynn A. Baker, Frederick M. Baron Chair in Law, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Ms. Elizabeth Alice Casey, Master of Public Affairs Student, The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
  • Professor Kenneth Flamm, Dean Rusk Chair in International Affairs, The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
  • Professor Francis J. Gavin, Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs, The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs; Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law
  • Dean Thomas W. Gilligan, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Professor Michael H. Granof, Ernst & Young Distinguished Centennial Professor in Accounting and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Business and Public Affairs, McCombs School of Business, The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
  • Professor Aletha C. Huston, Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development, Department of Human Ecology, College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Mr. James C. Langdon, Jr., Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Field LLP
  • Mr. Jack Martin, Founder and Chairman, Public Strategies Inc.
  • Mr. Cesar A. Martinez Espinosa, PhD Student, The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
  • Cynthia B. Osborne, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
  • Ms. Rachel V. Stegall, Master of Global Policy Studies Student, The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
  • Mr. Larry Temple, Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Board Member
  • Ms. Caren Troutman, Manager, Computing Services, The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
  • The Honorable Pamela P. Willeford, Former United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
  • Susan K. Rieff, Director, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Alumna
  • Dr. Terri Givens, Ex-Officio, Vice Provost, The University of Texas at Austin

To apply or nominate for the position, visit http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/deansearch