I WILL SOON STEP DOWN as dean of the Kennedy School.
As I begin to pack up my office and prepare for a years sabbatical,
I want to express my sincere thanks to those who have helped make
my tenure such a satisfying one.
These last eight years have been a challenging, exhilarating
journey full of growth and accomplishments for the school
at a time when good governance and the call to service have
never been more critical.
Events around the world the crisis in the Middle
East, the increase in terrorist activity that tragically reached
our shores on September 11, the overwhelming poverty and disease
that persist in many regions demand new levels of public
leadership and governance. The Kennedy School community through
its highly capable alumni, both here and abroad; its talented faculty;
and dedicated staff have risen to meet that challenge.
Together we have accomplished so much. In the past
eight years, we have expanded faculty by more than 40 percent, doubled
the number of tenured and tenure-track female faculty, and increased
the number of minority faculty. Our curriculum has grown to meet
the needs of the times, expanding to include programs in human rights,
public leadership, international development, democratic governance
and innovation, and womens programs.
As Ive traveled around the world during the
last eight years, Ive had the satisfaction of seeing firsthand
the tremendous impact the school is making. Our alumni both
here and abroad are serving in highly placed positions at
all levels of government and non-governmental programs. In February,
I took a two-week tour of Asia where I had the pleasure of meeting
Indias chief secretary and Singapores chief of police,
both of whom were Kennedy School classmates of Hong Kongs
top civil servant, with whom I also visited. I also signed agreements
with universities in China and Singapore to continue our assistance
as they develop new schools of public policy. We have made similar
agreements with universities in Mexico and Vietnam. Just this week
I learned that three current students are running for Congress (from
both parties) and several are on leave to work on Presidential campaigns.
The schools successes and accomplishments in
the last decade belong to us all. None of this could have happened
without the enormous talent, dedication, and energy of Kennedy School
faculty, staff, students, and alumni. I wish the new dean well,
knowing that he or she is working with the very best and the brightest
in addressing a challenging new era.
Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Dean
Photo: Paula Lerner