Dean’s Welcome

We are committed to developing leaders and advancing knowledge for the greater good

The O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs is a world-renowned institution that is committed to addressing some of the most pressing challenges of our time: climate change, healthcare policies, fiscal discipline, tax and regulatory reform, and a host of other issues that need—or will need—to be solved in the years ahead.

That’s why a place like the O’Neill School is so important, and it’s why I’m proud and grateful to lead such a tremendous organization every day.

Established in 1972, our school was the first school of its type in the world, bringing together the study of public affairs, environmental science, and policy. Here you can study any one of those disciplines or all three, as our academic programs prepare you to join our more than 37,000 alumni in careers that allow you to move seamlessly between the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Over the course of our school’s history, we’ve developed a reputation for excellence and influence—but we’re not content to rest. We’re launching new academic programs, hiring new faculty, and forging new partnerships with international academic institutions.

The O’Neill School is entering perhaps the most exciting era of its time. In March 2019 the school received a transformative $30 million gift from Paul H. O’Neill, MPA’66, former secretary of the treasury, to endow scholarships for students, fellowships for faculty, and the creation of a brand-new center on leadership that will inspire new leaders for generations to come.

You’ll learn from faculty who are at the forefront of their respective fields. You’ll engage with peers from around the world who share your commitment to academic excellence. And you’ll do it on one of the most beautiful college campuses in America.

We invite you to come visit or reach out to anyone in our building to learn how you can begin leading for the greater good.

Best regards,
Siân Mooney

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