New & Notable
- With sadness, we note the passing of Professor Elinor Ostrom. In the words of Dean John D. Graham, “She contributed mightily to both the scholarship and culture of SPEA.” Read more about her accomplishments and her legacy…
- Former Chief Justice Shepard will join IU Public Policy Institute as first executive in residence.
- Dana Mead - Jumping out of airplanes... and into SPEA.
In Every Issue
Dean John D. Graham gives updates on SPEA program news, including new faculty, grant awards, and international partnerships.
A sampling of current research, the SPEA faculty who are doing it, and the grants that help make it possible.
Read about the SPEA faculty’s latest written works.
Paul H. O'Neill , MPA'66, in February announced his intention to donate $100,000 to IU. The gift is designated for the Lynton Keith Caldwell Professorship in international environmental studies through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. O’Neill was a student of Caldwell’s during his time at IU and cites Caldwell as a pivotal influence on his career. Since graduating from IU, O’Neill has worked in government agencies and the not–for–profit and private sectors. He rose to become CEO of Alcoa, the world’s third–largest producer of aluminum, and led the company to dramatic revenue growth over a 12–year period. O’Neill was subsequently named secretary of the treasury in 2001 by President George W. Bush and served for two years. O’Neill has remained active in a variety of civic, corporate, and philanthropic roles since leaving the Bush administration. He lives in Pittsburgh.
Tavis E. Smiley , BS’03, LHD’04, discussed leadership, business, and his latest book, FAIL UP: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure, in Alumni Hall of the Indiana Memorial Union at IU Bloomington this past November. Smiley recounted instances throughout his career of perceived “failures” that were, in fact, “lessons” that shaped the principles and practices he employs today. In addition to the presentation, Smiley met with African-American student leaders from the Kelley School of Business and SPEA as well as students who received Smiley Scholarships, a program designed to encourage young leaders capable of effecting positive social change. Smiley is the host of a PBS television talk show, Tavis Smiley, and a radio talk show, The Tavis Smiley Show. He lives in Los Angeles.