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Last modified: Monday, October 5, 2009

New SPEA Dean's Advisory Council to help guide school

Oct. 5, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- John D. Graham, dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, announced today (Oct. 5) the establishment of the SPEA Dean's Advisory Council, a group of respected leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector.

The 21-member panel will provide advice on strategic directions, serve as ambassadors for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and assist with resource development.

"SPEA is grateful that these highly accomplished men and women have agreed to provide this important guidance and support," Graham said. "Their vision, skills and experience will help direct the school to a stronger and more productive future."

The council is made up of scientists, engineers, attorneys, entrepreneurs, public servants and executives of domestic and international and corporations. More than half the members have substantial public-sector experience, and several have served in the executive office of the president of the United States.

David Wang chairs the advisory council, which will meet for the first time Thursday and Friday (Oct. 8-9) in Washington, D.C. Wang is a senior operating partner of Atlas Holdings, a private equity investment firm that owns and operates various industrial companies. He retired in 1991 from International Paper Co., where he was executive vice president and a member of the board of directors. Prior to joining International Paper, he worked for Union Carbide Corp. in various capacities.

"I'm honored to be part of this diverse and highly talented group," Wang said. "Speaking for the group as a whole, we look forward to the ability to impact a large number of students' lives at a great public school. These are the next generation of leaders."

Council members represent entities as varied as Ford Motor Co., the National Science Foundation and technology, energy and consulting firms. Criteria for membership include a passion for public service or environmental science, a strong interest in higher education and a willingness to support an annual scholarship for SPEA students.

Advisory council members include:

  • Germinder Bedi, former vice president, North America Truck, Ford Motor Co.
  • Beth Brooke, global vice chair for public policy, Ernst & Young
  • Kathy Davis, former Indiana lieutenant governor and state budget director
  • C. Boyden Gray, former special envoy for European Union affairs, special envoy for Eurasian Energy and U.S. ambassador to the European Union and White House counsel
  • Melanie Hart, CEO of Tsuchiya North America and president of four subsidiary companies
  • Allan Hubbard, chairman and CEO of E&A Industries Inc., former assistant to the U.S. president for economic policy and director of National Economic Council
  • Marie Johns, manager member, L&L Consulting LLC, former president of Verizon, Washington, D.C.
  • Sandra E. Laney, chairman and CEO of Cadre Computer Resources Co.
  • Philippa Malmgren, president of Canonbury Group, former special assistant to the U.S. president for economic policy
  • Dana Mead, chairman of MIT Corp., retired chairman and CEO of Tenneco Inc.
  • Kathie Olsen, senior adviser and chief human capital officer, National Science Foundation
  • Jeff Perkins, founder, Huntbridge Executive Recruiting
  • Katherine Rhyne, environmental attorney and partner with King & Spalding, Washington, D.C.
  • John W. Ryan, president emeritus, Indiana University
  • James A. Schellinger, president and CEO, CSO Architects, Indianapolis
  • Chuck Schalliol, former director, Indiana Office of Management and Budget
  • Scott Segal, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, spokesman for Fortune 500 corporations on energy issues
  • Veronica Stidvent, director of Center for Politics and Governance, University of Texas
  • Stuart H. Singer, partner with Boies, Schiller & Flexner, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Fred Webber, retired president and CEO, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

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About the School of Public and Environmental Affairs

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University is committed to teaching, research and service in public and nonprofit management, public policy, environmental science, criminal justice, arts administration and health administration. SPEA has earned national distinction for innovative educational programs that combine administrative, social, economic, financial, and science disciplines. According to U.S. News and World Report, it ranks second in the nation, tied with the Kennedy School at Harvard University, among graduate programs in public affairs. In addition, six specialty programs on the school's Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses ranked in the top 10.

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