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Dean of IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs to step down, return to faculty

For Immediate Release Aug 8, 2018

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – John D. Graham, dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, has announced his plans to end his administrative service and return to the faculty, effective at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.

Graham said he hopes to focus on teaching undergraduate courses while working on a book about the automotive industry and serving on several boards, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board.

“I have been honored to serve as SPEA’s fourth dean and am extremely grateful for the tremendous support I have received from university leadership, faculty, professional staff, advisors, alumni, donors and students,” Graham said.

Appointed dean in July 2008, Graham has directed SPEA through a period of rapid growth and achievement. The SPEA Bloomington graduate program in public affairs was recently ranked No. 1 in the U.S. among 272 peer institutions, surpassing Harvard, Syracuse and other prominent institutions, according to U.S. News and World Report.

“John Graham has been a wonderful campus leader who has been focused on excellence and solving common problems,” said IU Bloomington Provost and IU Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. “He is a great colleague, and I’m glad he’ll be remaining with us on the SPEA faculty.”

SPEA’s enrollment includes about 4,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students on the Bloomington and IUPUI campuses. In addition to a more than 50 percent increase in enrollment during Graham’s tenure, SPEA has also expanded its academic offerings, which include public affairs, management, environmental science and policy, criminal justice, and arts administration.

“During his decade of service to Indiana University, Dean Graham has brought strong vision, deep experience and a spirit of collegiality and collaboration to lead the nation’s top-ranked school of public and environmental affairs,” said IUPUI Chancellor and IU Executive Vice President Nasser H. Paydar. “I commend him on pushing the school forward in cutting-edge research, student achievement and consistently heightened reputation as well as in implementing SPEA’s visionary strategic plan.”

Graham said he was especially proud of seeing the Paul H. O’Neill Graduate Center brought to life on the Bloomington campus. The 34,000-square-foot facility, adjacent to SPEA’s original building, opened last year. Graham also pointed to success in four other areas:

  • Recruitment of a talented cadre of new faculty.
  • Heightened focus on faculty productivity in research and scholarship.
  • Strong global orientation, with expanded study abroad opportunities and the hiring of faculty with international expertise.
  • Increased donor support, including fundraising for the O’Neill Center that included the largest gift in SPEA’s history.

SPEA is operating in the black at both IUPUI and IU Bloomington, and “The rankings of our educational programs are excellent,” Graham said. “The SPEA senior faculty on both campuses are doing a superb job of mentoring the new generation of faculty. The Dean’s Council and Distinguished Alumni Council are in a well-informed position to supply real-world advice as the fifth dean establishes new directions for the school.”

The university will be consulting with SPEA’s Policy Board as plans move forward for the appointment of Graham’s successor.

More about Graham: Prior to his appointment at IU, Graham was dean of the Frederick Pardee RAND Graduate School. From 2001 to 2006, he served as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House Office of Management and Budget. From 1990 to 2001, Graham founded and led the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. A native of Pittsburgh, Graham earned degrees from Wake Forest, Duke and Carnegie-Mellon universities. He is the author of numerous articles and several books including, most recently, “Obama on the Home Front: Domestic Policy Triumphs and Setbacks” (IU Press).

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