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
• 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
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.