Commencing Autumn Quarter 2020

As autumn quarter commences, we welcome and celebrate new community members and initiatives just as we do every year! Last week incoming students convened for orientation with inspiring virtual events organized by our dedicated staff.  The autumn retreat drew our faculty back together after summer projects and sabbaticals around our shared mission of teaching and...

On June 11th, the Evans School community came together to celebrate the graduating class of 2020 and the culmination of their years of hard work in pursuit of graduate degrees in public administration and public policy and management. Thank you to our graduates’ families and loved ones, our faculty and staff, members of the Advisory Board,…

It is impossible to adequately express the wrenching pain and outrage at the unconscionable killing of George Floyd, the latest of countless victims of systemic racism, racial hatred, violence, and police brutality. 

Over the last few months, we have meditated on some important themes – of challenges overcome, the value of perseverance, and the critical investments we make in each other. But just as there is time for grit and determination, it is also vital to take time for reflection, remembrance, and renewal. This year, the transition…

Like many of you, I was disappointed to learn the University of Washington’s in-person campus commencement ceremonies will be not be possible this year.   This change – along with note yesterday about the Parrington Hall timeline – represents yet another adjustment for our community, but I firmly believe that we will emerge from this…

I am writing today following this afternoon’s message from University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce in which she confirmed that spring quarter instruction will be conducted remotely. As the UW implements this change in operations, we are faced with the reality that will be apart for longer than we initially expected. The decision to…

In the first two months of 2020, three things have become very clear to me: policy processes and regulatory actions are taking place in an increasingly complex landscape; the integrity of science and the value of evidence-based research has never been more contested or more important; and we must persist in defense of our environment and health policy processes.  As a long-time scholar in environmental policy at a proudly public institution, I join my colleagues in serving the public…

This month, as we take a moment to pause and honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is difficult not to recognize some parallels between the time in which he lived and today.   This, too, is a period of divisiveness; a time when many are skeptical about institutions,…

Last week, our nation lost a remarkable statesman and true public servant, William D. Ruckelshaus. My first job out of undergrad was with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Boston office, while Bill Ruckelshaus served as the big boss in DC, having returned to the EPA for his second term.  It was a challenging time for public service, in some…

As public administrators, policy scholars, and public service leaders, we must challenge the role that our field has played in the persistence of systemic racism in our society. These injustices are more than a set of attitudes or individual opinions. They are the result of oppressive policies, practices, institutions, and dominant cultural habits that underpin…

Dear Evans School Community, Dayton, Ohio. El Paso, Texas. Gilroy, California. Three added to a growing list of communities around the world whose families have been subjected to terrible acts of violence and hatred. I extend my grief to the victims and their loved ones. The growing rate of these incidents is disturbing; and, we’ve…

This week, our community came together to honor our 2019 Ph.D., EMPA, and MPA graduates in a ceremony that celebrated the culmination of many years of work and unrelenting dedication in pursuit of graduate degrees in public administration. In a way, I also feel like I am graduating. This represented my 16th and final graduation…

Every May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (May 5 – 11) has offered a time to pause and to honor the individuals who serve our nation as local, state, and federal government employees. And, every year since 1962, the Evans School has graduated cohorts of women and men who are dedicated to serving the…

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This week marked a significant win for higher education in Washington State as the Washington Legislature passed one of its most innovative budgets in decades. Over the next two years, the budget will raise hundreds of millions of dollars to, among other things, boost college financial aid and increase funding for high-demand degree programs. It…

Dear Evans School Community,  It is with both pride and nostalgia that I share with you my decision to step down as Dean of the Evans School and return to the faculty next September. In reflecting on my 16 years at the Evans School and my career of more than 40 years in the academy,…

As you consider offering your financial support to Evans School Student Fellowships on our first annual Husky Giving Day, let’s – each of us – remember why WE support this hard work of public service.  I give to the Evans School because I am an optimist. I believe in the public good. I believe good…

Dear Evans School Community, I am proud to share with you exciting news: The Evans School of Public Policy & Governance now ranks second in graduate public affairs programs among public universities nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best Graduate Schools. On March 12, the U.S. News rankings named the Evans School…

On March 4, as we announced our participation in the Public Affairs Diversity Alliance and offers of admission are extended to the incoming Evans School class for autumn 2019, I wanted to pause to reflect on my own personal journey to increase diversity in public policy graduate education, and how we have made equity and…

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Moving Day!

At long last, today is the day!  The movers are here and our colleagues with Absher Construction have started to open up a few walls to get a better look at what’s inside. I wanted to note my sincere appreciation on this day to so many who got us to this point, as it represents…

An Exciting Disruption

As faculty and staff are busy packing up their offices, and as students prepare to start winter quarter in our temporary home in Condon Hall, I wanted to remind everyone why we are going through this exciting disruption.  Remember – it is a means to an end!  By summer 2020, Parrington Hall will be an…

When We Come Together

I’m writing to you today from the east coast, as I travel from Delaware to DC in time to see Professor Justin Marlowe inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration as its newest Academy Fellow.  I spent the past few days at the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy & Administration – home to…

Yesterday, during one of the quarterly meetings for all Evans School staff, the group participated in a quick icebreaker activity.  With a partner who isn’t someone they typically work closely with on a day-to-day basis, staff shared their answers to a variety of questions. One of those questions was this: if there weren’t any constraints…

As we get closer to our December move-out date, faculty, staff, and students are also engaging in conversations  regarding the Parrington Hall remodel.  I am grateful for the many items of consideration and feedback we have received thus far from all of these groups – and I encourage you to continue sharing your ideas and…

Last night, more than 300 Evans School champions gathered on the UW campus to celebrate the future of public service leadership and to support future Evans School students by donating more than $300,000 in student scholarship funds! Over the past four years, the Evans School’s annual Fellowship Dinner has raised more than $1.2 million for Evans…

The Evans School is saddened by the loss of Evans School Professor and Dean Emeritus Hubert Locke, who passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018.  Hubert was a renowned scholar and dedicated public and civic leader. Early in his career, he led the Citizen’s Committee for Equal Opportunity, a civil rights organization in Detroit. He served as Administrative…

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Parrington Hall, home to the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, will undergo a major remodel in 2019. To help inspire investment in this important project, we are creating a series of films that illustrate the goals of the campaign and highlight stakeholder voices. To Learn more about why this project matters,…

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Next week, the second cohort of our International Program in Public Health Leadership (IPPHL) will begin their studies, and I’m so pleased to welcome them to the Evans School community.   As a relatively new Evans School initiative, let me share with you the fundamental elements of this exciting program.  Developed as part of the University…

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This weekend, as thousands took to the street for the March for Our Lives, I felt many emotions: sorrow that young people don’t feel safe in schools, frustration at the current political deadlock that keeps us from making lasting gun reform, and pride that our teenagers are leading the way to better policies and safer…

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Dear Evans School Community, Exciting news from the Evans School: On March 19th, the U.S. News & World Report released its 2019 rankings of the country’s 272 graduate public affairs programs, and named the Evans School #6, tied with the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Georgia. We are proud to have been ranked in the…

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Big – $10M – News!

A renewed Parrington Hall is becoming a reality—thanks to an investment from the state legislature, and you!   I am so pleased to share that yesterday the Washington State Legislature voted to fully fund our $10 million request to renovate Parrington Hall when they voted in favor of the Capital Budget, bringing us that much closer to a state-of-the-art…

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