Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison awarded funding for five projects through the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition. Earlier this year, former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl pledged $300,000 annually for five years to support nonpartisan research that informs critical public policy and governance debates and advances evidence-based decision-making.

Representing Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate for 24 years, Herb Kohl demonstrated his deep commitment to public service and his ethos of civility in public debate and policymaking. A $10 million gift from Herb Kohl Philanthropies to the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs extends the reach of that legacy.

A $1.5 million gift from Herb Kohl Philanthropies will support faculty research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs. The gift will create the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition, which will sponsor innovative research that provides evidence-based information to address tough public policy and governance issues.

Six La Follette School faculty and emeritus faculty members and numerous faculty affiliates will present their research at the 2018 Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) Annual Fall Research Conference from November 8 to 10 in Washington, DC. Emilia Tjernström, an assistant professor of public affairs and agricultural and applied economics, also will attend the conference as a 40 for 40 Fellow.

 

Professor Don Moynihan, an internationally recognized public management expert, has succeeded Professor Susan Webb Yackee as director of UW-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs. Yackee, meanwhile, will continue to serve as director of the La Follette School’s Board of Visitors.

After a multi-stakeholder process and robust conversations over the past several months, La Follette School Director Susan Webb Yackee has announced the School’s new mission, vision, and values.

Nearly 20 La Follette School students visited the Legislative Audit Bureau and Legislative Fiscal Bureau on January 26 to learn about career opportunities at the nonpartisan legislative services agencies. Numerous La Follette School alumni work at the agencies in downtown Madison.

With more than 30 years of consulting and communications experience, Terry Lierman (MA ’71) has joined the La Follette School’s Board of Visitors. Lierman is a founding partner of Summit Global Ventures, which he began after serving as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer from 2007 to 2011.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is adding two members to its Board of Visitors. Charles “Chuck” Pruitt will join the Board this fall, and Carolyn Heinrich will join in 2017. Pruitt and Heinrich will increase the Board’s size to 10 members.

The most recent episode of the Thank You, 72 podcast features Daniel Speckhard (MA ’82) and Laura Bunn, a student in the La Follette School’s Master of International Public Affairs (MIPA) program.

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