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Alumni Leaders

Some of the most prominent leaders in public life are graduates of the Maxwell School. Among them are:

Donna Shalala. Currently president of the University of Miami, Shalala was for eight years secretary of health and human services. She has served also as president of Hunter College and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sean O'Keefe. In the Bush administration, O'Keefe served for four years as administrator of NASA; as such, he oversaw the agency's response to the Space Shuttle Columbia accident. He later served as chancellor of Louisiana State University.

John Berry. Named U.S. Ambassador to Australia in 2013, Berry formerly served as director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.

Mark Emmert. The former president of the University of Washington, Emmert is now the president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Beyond such luminaries are hundreds of Maxwell graduates serving in leadership and upper-management roles in government, nongovernmental organizations and nonprofits, education, law, and public-sector consultants. Here is where Maxwell degrees prove their mettle.

Maxwell alumni are valued for their street-level analytical prowess and decision-making acumen. Whether within their organizations or atop, they are known for getting things done and navigating through challenging circumstances. They do not value their stature so much as their impact, and together have built a reputation for the Maxwell School within the world of work.

 

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