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A Founder’s Re-vision: Public Policy for the Next 40 Years

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A Founder’s Re-vision: Public Policy for the Next 40 Years
A conversation with Peter G. Brown, founder of the School of Public Policy

Diamondback article with the headline "Public affairs school to open"

On September 1, 1981, the Diamondback student newspaper ran the below front page story announcing that the new School of Public Affairs was to open, having hired a dean, five faculty members, and found some space to make their initial residence in LeFrak Hall. At that time, with less than a year to go before the doors would open to welcome the inaugural class, they were still working to establish the critical components of this new endeavor. A curriculum was under development, additional faculty were required, all of the administrative processes to support a school needed to be created, and the students themselves had yet to be recruited. The School of Public Policy has come a long way since the fall of 1982 when twenty-five students took a chance on this startup institution and became the first cohort to enter the Master of Public Management program.

To mark the start of our 40th Anniversary year, we invite you to join Peter G. Brown, founding associate dean and driving force behind the School’s establishment, and generations of alums to explore how the field of public policy must evolve to meet the challenges of the coming decades and our School’s role in this revisioning.

Capacity for this event is limited. RSVP at your earliest convenience to reserve your spot.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Attendees must follow all University of Maryland COVID-19 requirements. Read the guidelines.

Note: Food and drink will be served at the start of this event. Weather permitting, it will be offered on the outdoor patio. For those wishing to attend the conversation only, it will commence at 2:45pm. 


Share Your Story

Our community of alumni, students, faculty, and staff — past and present — is more than 4,000 strong, and we would love to share your stories about your time at the School and your work serving the public good. Did you meet your partner at SPP? Did an internship help shape your career? Do you still keep in touch with your professors? Whatever your story is, we invite you to share for an opportunity to be included in community spotlights on the School website, social media and in our newsletters. 

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