Anti-Racism Action in 2020 and the Road Ahead

In June of 2020, I wrote to the Evans School community with a call to make anti-racism action our cornerstone for the year ahead. I am deeply appreciative of the...

After five years of planning, garnering support and execution, it is with great pride and joy that we celebrate the transformation of Parrington Hall. To the Evans School community – alumni, friends, staff, faculty and students – as well...

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...

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…

Anti-Racism Work Will Be Our Cornerstone

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. 

Reimagining Our Future, From Home

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…

Planning for a Virtual 2020 Graduation

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…

Spring Quarter, Sacrifice, and Strength

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…

Environmental Policy Making and Regulation in 2020

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…

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…

Mourning the Loss of William D. Ruckelshaus

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…

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…

Looking Ahead at the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Dear colleagues, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and to express my optimism for the year ahead.  I am honored and humbled to have been selected for…

We Need Policy Change to Address Gun Violence

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…

Congratulations, 2019 Graduates!

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…

A Celebration of Our Public Service Leaders

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,…

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A Win for Higher Education

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,…

Looking Forward, with Gratitude

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…

Support the Future of Public Service

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…

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…

A Commitment to Inclusion

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…

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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…

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…

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…

The Stuff of Expansive Thinking

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…

Updates on Parrington Hall Remodel

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…

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…

Remembering Hubert Locke, Dean Emeritus

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…

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Telling our story – Why we’re going All In

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…

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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.  …

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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…

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Evans School Continues Decade-Long Top-Ten Ranking

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…

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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…