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Archon Fung Named Interim Kennedy School Dean
Harvard Crimson • June 27, 2015

Kennedy School of Government Academic Dean Archon Fung will serve as Acting Dean of HKS starting on July 1, replacing on an interim basis David T. Ellwood ’75.

University President Drew G. Faust announced the move in an email to Kennedy School affiliates on Tuesday. Fung’s interim deanship will mark the end of Ellwood’s 11-year term….

Fung, who is one of several HKS faculty part of the committee advising Faust in the search for Ellwood’s long-term successor, has been a professor at the Kennedy School since 1999, conducting research related to direct participation and teaching courses on professional ethics and social change. Fung emphasized that as interim dean his role will be to continue and maintain rather than revise Ellwood’s vision for the school.


A Passion for Public Service
HKS Magazine • Summer 2015

Douglas Elmendorf began taking an interest in economics—he loved its ability to help explain the world and create the tools to improve people’s lives—as an undergraduate at Princeton, before moving to Harvard for his doctoral studies. He taught at Harvard for four years before heading to Washington in 1993, where over two decades he worked as an economist in a series of increasingly influential positions at the Federal Reserve Board, the Council of Economic Advisers, the Treasury, and the Brookings Institution, before eventually being appointed director of the Congressional Budget Office in 2009. He will become Harvard Kennedy School’s 10th dean in January 2016, succeeding Dean David T. Ellwood and Acting Dean Archon Fung. He spoke to HKS Magazine on June 11, as his appointment was announced.


A new dean debuts
Harvard Gazette • June 11, 2015

A few hours after Douglas W. Elmendorf was named the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s new dean, he was surrounded by old friends and new at a reception atop the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), in a kind of festive gathering of the clan.

Elmendorf, A.M. ’85, Ph.D. ’89, is a prominent economist and a former Harvard faculty member who recently finished as director of the respected U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO).…


Douglas Elmendorf, Former CBO Director, Named Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School
The Wall Street Journal • June 11, 2015

Douglas Elmendorf, who ended in March a six-year run as director of the Congressional Budget Office, will be the new dean of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the university said Thursday.

Mr. Elmendorf was widely respected heading the powerful nonpolitical office that holds considerable power over spending, tax and budget proposals from the White House and Congress.


Former CBO chief Doug Elmendorf named Harvard Kennedy School dean
Politico • June 11, 2015 

Doug Elmendorf, the director of the Congressional Budget Office from 2009 until earlier this year, will be the next dean of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government next January, the school announced on Thursday. Keith Hall succeeded Elmendorf as CBO director in April.

“Doug Elmendorf is an outstanding public servant, an admired mentor and teacher, and a distinguished economist deeply immersed in the interplay of research and policy — an experienced leader in government who embodies the Harvard Kennedy School’s commitment to joining scholarship, education, and practice to serve the public good,” said Harvard University President Drew Faust in the announcement.


A Tribute to David T. Ellwood, HKS Dean, 2004-2015

Archon Fung

Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, assumed the duties of Acting Dean on July 1, 2015.  Fung had served as Academic Dean since 2014. 

Douglas Elmendorf

Douglas W. Elmendorf will begin his tenure as Dean of Harvard Kennedy School in January 2016.  He will succeed David Ellwood, who stepped down in June 2015 after 11 years leading the school.  

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