La Follette School faculty members have selected Professor Susan Yackee as the school’s next director. Yackee, who served as director from 2013–16, is director of the La Follette School Board of Visitors and a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science at UW-Madison.
Yackee will begin her directorship in late June, replacing Professor Don Moynihan, who is joining Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy this summer. Moynihan has served as director since 2016.
“The willingness of outstanding scholars and teachers to also step up and serve in key leadership roles is a core strength of the La Follette School,” said Professor Maria Cancian, who led the selection process with Associate Professor Mark Copelovitch. “We are very fortunate that Susan will serve as director, a role in which she has previously served with such distinction.”
Moynihan added: “The La Follette School is fortunate to be able to call on such an experienced and accomplished scholar.”
During the 2017–18 academic year, Yackee has served as the first participant in UW–Madison’s Provost Fellow Program. The new program is designed to give faculty the opportunity to work in campus leadership at the highest levels and to gain insight and experience that will help them develop leadership skills.
“The Provost Fellowship is an excellent way to test one’s interest in high-level campus leadership because it allows the Fellow to watch leadership in action and to participate in the implementation of major campus change,” Yackee said in March.
As director of the Board of Visitors, Yackee leads members’ efforts to help the school identify resources that can enhance its stature, provide assistance in fundraising, provide career advice and assistance to students, and act as goodwill ambassadors for the school.