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In the News: Sean O'Keefe

Sean O’Keefe ’78 MPA Joins Government Hall of Fame

The University Professor and Phanstiel Chair in Leadership was recognized for his public service roles, including four presidential appointments. 

May 31, 2023

On Tragedy’s Anniversary, Former NASA Leader Sean O’Keefe Reflects on the ‘Price of Diligence’

O’Keefe, a Maxwell School alumnus and Syracuse University Professor, was at the helm 20 years ago when Columbia broke apart while returning from a space research mission. 

January 31, 2023

Connected in the Capital: Washington, D.C., Is Home to a Vast Maxwell Network

The nation's capital is home to a thriving academic program and the greatest concentration of Maxwell School alumni outside of New York. 
December 14, 2022

Maxwell Faculty Share Insights on Midterm Election Results

Maxwell professors Chris Faricy, Shana Gadarian, Jenn Jackson and Sean O'Keefe participated in the Campbell Lecture, “After the Election: Assessing the Midterms,” on Nov. 17. Grant Reeher, director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, moderated the discussion.

December 5, 2022

Cheney Focuses on Citizenship During Maxwell Visit

"There’s a real cost to defending behavior that’s constitutionally indefensible." That was among the messages shared by Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney during a talk Monday hosted by the Maxwell School.

October 6, 2022

See related: Government, United States

O’Keefe Speaks With Futurism About the Moon Mission Delay

University Professor Sean O'Keefe was interviewed for the Futurism article, "Here's What the Former Head of NASA Has to Say About the Moon Mission Delay."

September 9, 2022

Workshop Outlines Handling Crises with Skills and Grace

“Whether the crisis is global, local, or somewhere in between,” said Keli Perrin, faculty lead and managing director of the Institute for Security Policy and Law at the Syracuse University College of Law, “the frameworks and expertise shared by faculty and practitioners enable fellows to better respond as leaders using these newly honed skills and perspectives.”
May 31, 2022

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O'Keefe Talks to The Guardian About SpaceX's Latest Venture

The first orbital test launch of the largest and most powerful rocket ship ever to leave Earth—SpaceX’s towering Starship, from its Starbase headquarters in Texas—is seen by many as a pathway back to the moon for the first time in half a century.
January 4, 2022

On NPR, Sean O'Keefe Weighs in on Renaming NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

O'Keefe, University Professor and former NASA administrator, made the decision to name the telescope after Webb in 2002.

September 30, 2021

O'Keefe featured in CNN article on how 9/11 changed travel

University Professor O'Keefe, who was deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget during the George W. Bush administration, says that September morning in 2001 "flipped the switch right away from almost non-existent security to unbelievable, in-your-face, all the time."
September 8, 2021

O'Keefe discusses Richard Branson's space flight with CNBC, The Hill

University Professor Sean O’Keefe, former NASA administrator, joined CNBC's Worldwide Exchange to discuss the space flight, and what it means for the billionaire and for the world. O'Keefe also wrote a piece, "Richard Branson's space flight changes the way we look at space," that was published in The Hill. 
July 12, 2021

See related: Europe, Space Exploration

Prepare for crises, speakers tell Humphrey Fellows

The global pandemic kept Humphrey Fellows from gathering at Syracuse University for an annual workshop on crisis management. But a virtual program taught lessons relevant to the ongoing public health crisis as well as strategies to prepare for future crises.
April 19, 2021

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Maxwell alumni, student honored with 2021 American Society for Public Administration awards

Several Maxwell alumni and one current online EMPA student are among the award honorees.
March 11, 2021

O'Keefe remembers space shuttle Columbia tragedy on LocalSYR's Bridge Street

Sean O'Keefe remembers the Shuttle Columbia tragedy on LocalSYR's Bridge Street.
February 2, 2021

O'Keefe discusses Defense Secretary nominee Lloyd Austin in The Hill

University Professor Sean O'Keefe says that while the nomination of may have surprised more than a few people, Austin "may well prove to be exactly the right person for this tough job at this time in our nation’s history." Read O'Keefe's full commentary, "Lloyd Austin can lead — as a civilian," published in The Hill. 
January 6, 2021
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