IU SPEA Dean to Step Down

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John Graham, dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, has announced plans to end his administrative service and return to the faculty 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.

He was appointed dean in July 2008 and 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.

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.

Graham also previously served as 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).

IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel has appointed a committee to find Graham's successor. Austen Parrish, the Rudy Professor of Law and dean of the IU Maurer School of Law, will chair the search committee. You can see the list of committee members by clicking here.

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