Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Alumni Profiles

The U.S. secretary of health's visit to Kenya went smoothly thanks to La Follette School alum Dave Baden.

The U.S. movement to reform public education is redefining the political landscape, according to 1998 La Follette School alum Sarah Archibald, an advisor to state Sen. Luther Olson and an architect of Wisconsin's first Race to the Top proposal to apply for federal education funding. She is featured on the Value-Added Research Center web site in conjunction with speaking in La Follette School professor Rob Meyer's class on Education Policy and Reform. Read more.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Dreyer appreciates alumni network

Steven Dreyer is pleased to report he feels "a little better all the time, as they say." The 1992 alum and urban education scholar has been recovering from a series of medical afflictions that forced him to step down as a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee several years ago. "I am moving back in the right direction overall all these days," he says.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Leon fosters student success, engagement

Raul Leon's experiences while a student at the La Follette School transformed his career goals.

The only commonality among Elizabeth "Buff" Wright's career job descriptions has been "other duties as assigned." Now assistant vice president and secretary to the board of trustees of Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences in Claremont, California, the 1981 La Follette alum is helping to establish a school of biopharmacy that will prepare pharmacists to work in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries as well as in modern pharmacy practice.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Singleton values international experiences

Tony Singleton started with a goal and then figured out how to accomplish it. "My objective was to do international work," says the 1973 alum, who spent 20 years with Chase Manhattan's International Department and Investment Bank.

Allison Vaillancourt believes people should be treated well and that organizations should have healthy cultures — so much so that the Chronicle of Higher Education asked her to write a blog to share her perspectives. The 1990 alum provides strategic leadership in human capital and organizational culture at the University of Arizona, where she is vice president for the Division of Human Resources.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Tempelis seeks justice for crime victims

For Peter Tempelis, greater justice and protection for crime victims are the best outcomes. The 2006 alum has been applying his management and legal skills to achieve justice since he started as a student in the La Follette School's dual-degree program in law and public affairs.

The results surprised a few people: Milwaukee Public Schools' per-pupil expenditures are in keeping with the Wisconsin average and with comparable districts across the United States. The findings were published in a report co-authored by 2007 La Follette School alum Vanessa Allen, a researcher with the Public Policy Forum in Milwaukee.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Pfaff seeks to make people's lives better

Alum Shawn Pfaff got into the Fitchburg mayor's race because he wanted his city to open its first library after more than 30 years of discussion.

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