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 public good in invaluable ways, helping to make life better and meeting the challenging needs of a diverse population in a rapidly-changing, complex environment.
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 will provide increased foundational funding that will better support our faculty and staff. And, it fully funds the State Need Grant – now, the Washington College Grant – increasing equity and opportunity for all Washington students.
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, I decided last fall not to seek a fourth term. My energy and passion for serving the Evans School and the University of Washington remain strong, and I believe it is the right time to choose leadership for the next decade.
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 work through government and public service can make a difference. And, I think the world can be made a better place.
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 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 inclusion a priority at Evans.
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 such an important milestone for our school. Thank you to our faculty, students, and staff for your patience and flexibility as we pack up Parrington Hall and settle into our new temporary home. And thank you to our generous donors who have made this all possible.
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!
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.
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 on our Parrington remodel project (budget, historical designation, UW space policies, and otherwise), what would you love to include in the remodel. As you can imagine – the responses were varied and entertaining!