LBJ School of Public Affairs Dean Steps Down
leigh February 23, 2015 News
On February 19, 2015, Ambassador Robert Hutchings, Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, announced that he will step down as dean in August 2015. Dean Hutchings will spend Fall 2015 as visiting professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and Spring 2016 as Distinguished Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, working on a new book. Thereafter, he will return to the LBJ School faculty as Professor of Public Affairs.
During his tenure as dean, he created six new international partnerships and developed new programs, including an undergraduate “Bridging Disciplines” program in public policy, a three-year dual degree program with the University of Texas Law School, an Executive Masters in Public Leadership, and the LBJ School Washington Center, launched in 2014.
Before joining the School in March 2010, Dean Hutchings was Diplomat-in-Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. He was also faculty chair of its Master in Public Policy program and served for five years as assistant dean of the School.
“Whether as our dean of public policy, or previously — as a leading scholar at Princeton, as chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council, as a director with the National Security Council, or as special adviser to the Secretary of State… Dean Hutchings has served with distinction and left a proud record of accomplishment,” Bill Powers, President of the University of Texas at Austin said.
From 2003-05, Dean Hutchings served as Chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council in Washington DC. His academic and diplomatic career has included service as Fellow and Director of International Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Director for European Affairs with the National Security Council, and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State, with the rank of ambassador. He is currently a lifetime director of the Atlantic Council of the United States, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and founding president of the Austin Council on Foreign Affairs. Dean Hutchings has served as the Vice President of APSIA since 2013.
A recipient of the National Intelligence Medal and the U.S. State Department Superior Honor Award, he was also awarded the Order of Merit (with Commander’s Cross) of the Republic of Poland. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
APSIA’s executive director Carmen Mezzera noted “Dean Hutchings’ dedication to students, particularly those traditionally underrepresented in international affairs, brought many important voices to the field. Likewise, his service on the APSIA executive committee and his work to strengthen international affairs education broadly helped to advance APSIA’s work at numerous member schools. He will be greatly missed.”