Steinberg appointed dean of LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin

July 6, 2005

AUSTIN, Texas—James B. Steinberg, vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., has been appointed dean of the Lyndon Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

James B. Steinberg
James B. Steinberg

Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson, provost at The University of Texas at Austin, said Steinberg, who has been at the Brookings Institution since 2001, is to begin his new job in January 2006. He will fill a vacancy created by the resignation last year of Dr. Edwin Dorn, who returned to teaching and writing projects after having served as dean since July 1997. Admiral Bobby R. Inman, who has been serving as interim dean since Jan. 1, will continue in that capacity until the end of this year.

“I am very confident that James Steinberg will provide an exciting new vision and a high standard of leadership for the LBJ School of Public Affairs,” said Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, president of The University of Texas at Austin. “He is both an outstanding scholar and a seasoned veteran of governmental service in demanding posts. Under his guidance, the LBJ School will address critical new challenges in public policy and will carefully prepare leaders for a changing world.”

Ekland-Olson said, “Jim Steinberg brings a rich background of experience and the intelligence, energy and commitment necessary to provide strong, innovative leadership for the LBJ School. We are delighted he will be joining us.”

“The LBJ School has been an important leader in training public policy professionals for over 30 years,” said Steinberg. “I look forward to this exciting opportunity to work with the faculty and students at the LBJ School, and with colleagues at UT Austin, to build a program that will meet the demanding challenges of the 21st century, at home and in the wider international community.”

Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, praised Steinberg’s leadership on public policy issues.

“I have no doubt that Jim will take the LBJ School to new heights and continue to be a strong, clear, constructive and imaginative voice in the national and international debate over America’s role in the world,” Talbott said.

Steinberg served as deputy national security adviser to President Clinton from December 1996 to August 2000. During that period he also served as the president’s personal representative (“sherpa”) to the 1998 and 1999 G-8 summits. Prior to becoming deputy national security adviser, he served as director of the State Department’s policy planning staff (1994-1996) and as deputy assistant secretary, Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. State Department, 1993-1994.

Prior to joining the State Department, Steinberg worked as a senior analyst at RAND in Santa Monica, Ca. (1989-1993) and as senior fellow for U.S. Strategic Policy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London (1985-1987). He also served as Sen. Edward Kennedy’s principal aide for the Senate Armed Services Committee (1983-1985); as minority counsel, U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee (1981-1983); special assistant to the U.S. Assistant Attorney General (Civil Division) (1979-1980); law clerk to Judge David L. Bazelon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1978-1979); and special assistant to the assistant secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (1977).

Steinberg received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard in 1973 and a J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1978. He is a member of the D.C. Bar. He also is a member of the board of directors of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the International Advisory Board for the International Programs Committee of the Governing Board of the National Research Council and the President’s Council on International Activities of Yale University.

He is the author of and contributor to many books on foreign policy and national security topics, including “Protecting the American Homeland,” and “An Ever Closer Union: European Integration and Its Implications for the Future of U.S.-European Relations.” His publications on domestic policy include, “Urban America: Policy Choices for Los Angeles and the Nation,” and “Were You Counted?—Civil Rights and the 1990 Census” in One National Indivisible: The Civil Rights Challenges for the 1990’s, published by the Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights in1989.

For more information contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.